This spring, Patagonia is packing up and heading on tour. Over the last few years Worn Wear has gone on several different national tours, however this year Patagonia’s mobile clothing repair shop is making stops exclusively at college campuses. The Worn Wear College Tour made its first of 21 stops at College of Charleston on Feb. 16.
One of the biggest perks of the event was the free Patagonia jackets the repair shop was giving away. Although slightly damaged, a long line of students waited on George St. throughout the day to pick one item from the Patagonia racks in exchange for a $5 donation. They were then coached in how to make repairs to the damaged jacket, fixing whatever problem the item initially had.
Faye Christoforo is the co-director and campus coordinator of the Post Landfill Action Network, a nonprofit that focuses on the zero waste movement. The organization works with around a hundred college campuses on zero waste student-led initiatives and leadership training. PLAN is traveling with the Patagonia Worn Wear team as they collectively seek to stimulate action for a world with less waste. They teamed up with the College’s Office of Sustainability to put on the event.
“Each campus will have a repair fair and these will feature not only the repair truck from Patagonia but also pieces of student activism, so we are putting on display the active pieces of each campuses sustainability initiatives,” Christoforo explained.
Christoforo explained that Worn Wear College Tour hopes to showcase the growth of student activism, specifically in the area of zero waste initiatives. The Patagonia and PLAN team is already seeing such activism on campuses.
“We see the College of Charleston as a leader in student engagement for zero waste issues” Christoforo said. “We are hoping that this tour will really bring to [the] forefront the amount of work that students are doing to solve waste issues and sustainability issues.”