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A Letter to the Smith Community

Dear Smithies,

Are you passionate about preserving the environment? Do you want to improve sustainability practices on campus? Are you concerned about worker rights, child labor, and fast fashion? Then I am asking you, fellow Smithies, to join me in reimagining and relaunching SmiTHrift.

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In 2004, students started SmiTHrift -- an initiative to open a campus thrift store. It was envisioned that SmiTHrift would serve the Smith community by providing students with retail business and philanthropy experience. Now in 2016, few students utilize or know about SmiTHrift.

While the need for a physical thrift store on campus may have changed, many students do exchange items over Facebook. The Smith Free & For Sale group is a good start, but this online exchange could be enhanced to become more accessible and efficient.

In my capacity as president of SmiTHrift, I am forming a student working group to discuss student clothing recycling practices and other related issues. For example, what can students do to ensure our inner fashionistas are fashion forward while making our wardrobes more sustainable? How might students discourage the culture of disposability that the fashion industry promotes? What steps can the Smith community take toward improving the harsh and unethical conditions of garment workers?

If you are curious to learn more send an email to SmiTHrift with “Tell Me More” in the subject line. You’ll be added to the mailing list so that you can receive updates and details about working group meetings.

I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

Beverly Lipsey ‘18J, SmiTHrift President