Now that the fall season is in full swing here in New England, it’s time for football, crisp mornings and changing leaves. For those of us at Boston College, it is also time once again for the annual HarvestFest, presented by EcoPledge.
For those who have never experienced it, HarvestFest is an event on campus meant to bring attention to local and sustainable farming, as well as the topic of sustainability. It showcases local foods and includes festive activities and fare such as pumpkin painting, apple taste tests (local vs. organic), fresh cider, and, of course, the seasonal favorite: apple cider donuts. HarvestFest also features other BC clubs that have an interest in sustainability including STITCH, RealFoods, BeCause Water, BC Bikes, the Outdoor Club and the Geology Club.This fall, EcoPledge is adding a brand new event to HarvestFest by creating a BC Thrift Shop.
“This year, in order to promote the reuse of clothes, we decided to add a thrift shop,” explained EcoPledge President Alex Krowiak ’15. “Essentially, we'll have two collection dates leading up to the actual event on the 15th. The two preceding Wednesdays, we'll be in O'Neill Plaza collecting gently used clothes,” he said. “For every two items you turn in, we'll give you a ticket that you can use on the 15th to get a new item of clothing. You can also trade in clothes on that day if you didn’t get a chance to the previous two weeks.”
The used clothing collection will occur on October 1st and October 8th in O’Neill Plaza. Collection times will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on these specified dates, and this is when students will be able to donate two items of clothing and receive a ticket to receive a new item of clothing on the during HarvestFest on the 15th. EcoPledge is looking for gently used clothing like shirts, tanks, shorts, pants and accessories, like hats and scarves. The group will not accept donations of any shoes, underwear or jewelry.
With HarvestFest already offering an array of seasonal local food and information on how to improve sustainability, the BC Thrift Shop offers another great way to engage students in the cause for environmental sustainability. Many of us have clothes we could definitely bear to part with, and since BC students have great style all around, we can rest assured that no one will have to cop any grandpa style (unless, of course, that’s what you’re going for).