Closets Collide promotes sustainability in the community

Taylor Hilsabeck

Got a closet full of clothes, but

nothing to wear? It is possible to help out your local community,

save the environment and find an outfit for this weekend, all at

once, when participating in Closets Collide.

Keeping clothing out of landfills is

a tremendous help to the environment. Community members can give

clothing a second chance. 

Closets Collide is hosting it’s

third annual clothing swap on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Howe


Closets Collide is an ISU student

organization that promotes sustainability through clothing swap

events and educates others through sustainable


“These workshops will teach you

other ways to use clothing to create and make usable and even

fashionable items,” said Jennifer Sonner, president of the


The workshops are open from 1 to 4

p.m. during the swap and will be filled with crafts involving

T-shirts, jeans pockets and more. Most of the crafts require little

to no sewing.

This week Closets Collide has been

collecting clothing in the West Student Office Booth in the

Memorial Union and will continue on Friday from 11 a.m. until 2


They will also be accepting items on

the day of the swap from 10 a.m. until noon. No money is exchanged,

but each item of clothing donated results in a ticket to “purchase”

an item at the swap.

To be considered for the swap, the

clothing must be somewhat current, clean, not torn or worn heavily,

and adult sizes only.

Any leftover clothing is donated to

local charities. 

“We want to … keep the clothing

donated by community members in the local communities to help those

in need,” Sonner said. 

The excess clothing will be given to

several homeless shelters, women’s and ACCESS shelters, and youth

shelters throughout Ames, Ankeny, Nevada and  Des Moines,