Fashion students fight textile waste in Porto by quickening a solidarity project

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Filipa Brito

The Escola de Moda do Porto(EMP) (Fashion School in Porto) is boosting the fight against clothing and textile waste by creating unique garments made of textile fabrics that would otherwise add to the waste by the fashion industry.

EMP and MyCloma (second-hand items online selling platform) joined to establish a pedagogical project devoted to foster sustainability in the fashion industry.

Third year students of the EMP Vocational Fashion Design Course took matters into their hands and are threading the way to making upcycling transform waste into unique garments. The students put their creativity to work and customize exclusive clothes. All items are traded via the MyCloma platform and revenues will be sent to a welfare institution.

This initiative is part of EMP’s strategy to promote collaborative work between the institution and Portuguese companies.

EMP director, Matilde Rocha affirmed to UP News portal she is “rather proud of the path that EMP has taken in the institution’s teaching methods, namely providing students with a larger awareness on environmental issues and getting students closer to the job market”.

In turn, Ana Monteiro of MyCloma stated that “to have the possibility to launch a project with EMP, which is based in creating author pieces and fighting textile waste, it is something we see as the launching of a new brand. This is a strategic project and highly important for us”.