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Highgate is celebrating its third year of being fast fashion free with a host of sustainable initiatives throughout February.

For the past three years, pupils and staff have pledged to make the second month of the year the one where they upcycle, go meat free and forgo any penchant for fast fashion!

Ms Sarah Mynott and our pupil-led Environment Committee have put together this timetable for pupils and families at Highgate (and beyond!) to enjoy. Watch out for the Zoom links which are all on HERO.

Slow Fashion Photo Competition

Take a photo of you wearing your most sustainable outfit/item and send it in with a caption explaining what makes it so anti-fast fashion. Perhaps you have something really old, or previously owned by multiple others, or mended many times, or bought from an ethical store, or made from sustainable fabrics, or made by you yourself, or a combination of the above?! Closing date 21 February. Our featured photo for this news story is a submission from Ms Niland our Deputy Librarian; it is an original BIBA dress bought in the 1970s by her Godmother, and is now a treasured gift in her memory. Refer to our Instagram page to see our dozens of entries!

Fast Fashion Free Instagram Take Over

Take a look at the School’s Instagram account during the first week of February to be inspired by the sustainable style of pupils and staff alike!

Fast Fashion Kahoot!

Who has the fastest fingers to fight fast fashion this February?! Take on the rest of your Form and your Form Tutor on Kahoot this month. (Running during Tutor time).

Wednesday Crafternoons

Join other makers and clothing craftivists on Zoom to mend, upcycle, and make your own clothes at home but together. You will be able to discuss ideas, share tips, encourage others, and learn new skills. You can drop in (and leave) at any time – no signing up required.

You will need: whatever clothing and making/mending materials you want to work with! 3–4pm every Wednesday – 3, 10 and 24 February.

Scrunchie Workshop

Join Mia D’Souza (11GH) to learn how to make a your own unique scrunchie out of a scrap of old fabric.

You will need: scrap fabric, at least 30 x 10cm; a hair band; a needle; thread (preferably one that is a similar colour to the fabric, so it doesn’t stand out, unless you want it to!). 4–5pm Wednesday 3 February

Face Mask Making Workshop

Join Ms Mynott to learn how to make your own reusable face mask out of scraps of old material.

You will need: a needle; thread; scissors; pins; two pieces of cotton fabric (enough for two pieces measuring 6 x 9 inches); some elastic for the ears (enough for two 7inch lengths). 4-5pm Wednesday 10 February

Documentary Screening and Discussion

Simultaneously watch the 30-minute 2020 DW documentary, ‘The Clothes We Wear’, before coming together to share your responses to the film and discuss its implications for the future of fashion. Watch the film at 5pm (or earlier), and then join others on Zoom at 5.30pm. Bring your own popcorn!