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Fast Fashion Free February

Fast Fashion Free February is an event inspired by Highgate School. Over 150 LAE Tottenham students and staff pledged not to buy fast fashion for an entire month.

Fast fashion is a term used to describe companies that manufacture cheap clothing overseas, that follow Fast fashion trends, but make clothes that are not expected to last. Therefore, Fast Fashion Free February, is a month to raise awareness about what we buy to wear, and to make a concerted effort for one month only, not to buy any new clothes.  

On Tuesday 08 and Wednesday 09 February, staff and students at LAE Tottenham were challenged to wear something old, borrowed or blue on Highgate's School's Giving Days, to unlock £1000 as part of the event. Staff were asked to wear their oldest item of clothing, which was a tough contest, won by Mr Palfryman who wore a jacket he had since he was 16 years old! Additionally, the excellent student led media team took photos on both days to unlock further donations through Highgate School's 'Giving Day'.

Year 12 students from the Environmental Council at LAE Tottenham, Hayat, Jabiah, Patricia and Ife, made a video to promote the event and raise awareness of some environmental issues associated with fast fashion. Some of these facts are:

  • 30,000 tonnes of clothing go into British landfill every year.
  • The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions leading to global warming, whereas global flights and maritime ship journeys only account for 5%.