UBC Undergraduate Research

Green Depot : Empowering the UBC Community through Textile Upcycling Frame, Mikaela; Mouzin, Sacha; Yu, Nathan


The UBC student team worked together with the UNA Green Depot and Frameworq to establish a long-term sustainability project. A total of $1162.50 was secured via grants for hosting community textile upcycling events at the Wesbrook Community Centre. These events entail fixing used clothing by using recycled textiles. The pilot event takes place on Apr. 27th, 2019, during the community’s Earth Day celebration. The funding will cover the cost of two events, with the second event anticipated to take place at the start of September. During the promotion phase of the first event, a group of seniors has expressed their interest and plans on taking over organization of this project as “sewing experts” during these events. This involvement of the seniors would decrease the cost of hiring sewing professionals during each event. The engagement of the seniors shows a level of empowerment that will continue to impact the community even after the timeline of the student team’s work term. A tracking system involving a survey was also created for the Green Depot for better in-house tracking of the amount of waste diverted from landfills. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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