Updated: Jan 11

As students at Emory University, ECASTxaltKEY decided to collaborate and create an interactive map of thrift stores for you all!

#thrifting #Atlanta #Georgia #sustainablefashion

Hi everyone! This is an interactive map where you can zoom in and find thrift stores in your local area! This map was created by two clubs at Emory University, ECAST and altKEY, who are committed to creating a more sustainable future by focusing on fashion and conscious consumerism. 

ECAST is Emory’s Climate Assessment and Solutions Team, which is a partnership between undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members at Emory to make a difference in halting climate change. altKEY is a new sustainable fashion organization (2020), looking to promote the use of ethically sourced materials as well as the affordability and accessibility of sustainable fashion not only at Emory, but also around the country. 

If there are thrift shops that you regularly go to and would recommend, please click on the map to add a location! Since climate change is a global crisis and this is a global initiative, we would love for you to suggest thrift shops not only in the United States, but also all over the world!

Companies such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara, and TopShop have dominated the world of fast fashion, capitalizing on the quick-paced trends by constantly coming out with new clothes and convincing you that you need to buy the latest goods. They lower prices by sourcing their raw materials unethically and failing to pay their employees living wages. Prices are also kept low by using toxic dyes and cheap fabric that are easily tearable.

As a result, the culture of fast fashion encourages a ton of waste through this trendy marketing. Clothing is now seen as easily disposable, old after a few wears. Additionally, the high volume of clothing also creates a lot of greenhouse gases during the transportation process to factories and consumers’ houses. 

The alternative to fast fashion is to shop sustainably and be mindful of the clothing you purchase. Most of the time ethically sourced clothing comes with an inaccessible price for someone who just wants to purchase casually. 

One solution? Thrifting. It not only saves money, but also prevents more clothes from entering landfills and helps to promote a system of reducing, reusing, and recycling. 

As such, we’ve included places where you can donate, sell, and buy used clothing. We hope this map can serve as a guide for those who want to shop sustainably locally, but don’t know where to start. We understand that being mindful about shopping takes extra effort, and we want to help make the process easier. Now that we’ve explained everything, please check out the map! Happy thrifting!! 

Places to thrift online:

  1. https://chnge.com/

  2. thredup.com

If you know of any other places, please fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/8yRmGSTmQNfrPPRt5 
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#Cleanclothescampaign #sustainablefashion #activists

A group of friends with one mission in mind: to group like-minded individuals for a sustainable fashion movement. altKEY is

a platform for activists, designers, and students to come together and spread awareness on upcycling, ethical consumerism, and reducing the purchase of fast fashion, while also reusing pre-owned items.

Our long-term goal is to impact college chapters across America, and eventually, promote clean clothing around the world. We want to become a movement that will change the fashion industry forever, starting with young talents first.

Currently, we have 6 directors who are leading change behind the scenes.

We have our president who oversees all the other positions, structures and arranges meetings, and supports other roles within the organization. We have our finance director who maintains our income, fundraisers, and executes the budget for our team members to use accordingly, and our productions director who is in charge of the Key, our fashion show, and other external events. Our last two directors are the marketing director who takes care of our social media, recruitment, and advertisement, and the creative director who produces designs, branding, and oversees flyers, ads, and/or launching posts before submission. Learn more about the individuals behind each position at this link.

We will be hosting GBMs throughout fall 2020 and spring 2021. Recruitment is up on our website and our social media, the deadline is Sep. 5th. We have associate and general body member positions open at the time.

Associates are permanent members of the club, each designated to an overseeing director of the team. They have all the same conditions as general body members,  but more!
General body members will get exclusive information on workshops and potential giveaways (keep an eye out for those). They will also receive a free ticket to the Key.
If the QR code isn't working, apply using: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedK0V8-xJSCWOoQ8BEjRa_ZVz8_4vsbcOAgto_aypFE-QTyw/viewform?usp=sf_link. 

Our timeline for 2020-21 looks as follows:

More posts and blogs will be available in the upcoming weeks. Our social media is up and running. They should be linked in our website as small icons, but if you have trouble finding anything or issues that you would like for us to know, email us at altkeyofficial@gmail.com or dm us on instagram.com/altkeyofficial!

Don't forget to press the "alt" KEY on fast fashion.

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