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Civic Action Week: Less is More Thrift Trek

Saturday, October 21, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

South 40 Clocktower
Shepley Dr, St. Louis, MO 63105

Amidst an era of rampant consumerism, thrifting has surfaced as a promising remedy for our ongoing environmental crisis. It is a vital contributor to a more environmentally and socially responsible future, minimizing our waste and maximizing our resources. 

However, what’s often not acknowledged is that overconsumption still remains pervasive even when buying secondhand. Thrifting can become unsustainable if we buy items we don’t really need or don’t wear and justify these purchases because of the price. This not only harms the environment but also the communities these stores are serving. How then, can we combat this?
For Civic Action Week, Sharing With A Purpose (SWAP) wants individuals to reflect on how we can apply ‘conscious consumerism’ to our thrifting. To do so, we will be hosting a “thrift crawl” for students on Oct. 21. from 11-2 p.m. We will provide transportation and explore what the city of St. Louis has to offer! For this event, we will go to a total of three local thrift stores. We will have the chance to chat with the store owners, ask them questions, and take a look around! 

There are 25 spots open to sign up for, preference goes to first-year students. For those joining us, we ask that you consider the local community’s needs by being respectful and mindful. After visiting the stores, we will come back to campus together and discuss the experience. We hope this event will further prompt individuals to think about making more meaningful purchases.

This event was submitted as a student proposal and collaboratively designed in partnership with the Gephardt Institute.

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Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Event Contact

Sophie Devincenti | sdevincenti@wustl.edu

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