Early last week representatives from Patagonia’s Worn Wear tour set up their repair wagon, sewing machines, and other fix-it gear on Bard’s campus next to the Experimental Humanities building. They repaired (for free) clothing items that students, faculty, staff, and community members brought. The Worn Wear tour is visiting design schools across the country, but they made a special stop at Bard because of the carbon neutral plan Bard MBA students pitched for Patagonia.
Patagonia’s Worn Wear is going on a tour of college campuses to repair clothes and gear of all brands, not just Patagonia. See their dates and more information here. Worn Wear also repairs Patagonia gear by mail.
The Worn Wear website explains the rationale behind their repair efforts: “Why extend the life of gear? Because the best thing we can do for the planet is cut down on consumption and get more use out of stuff we already own.”
By going to colleges to repair and teach people how to repair they aim to encourage a culture of upcycling and reuse and to discourage unnecessary buying and waste production. These values are similar to those of the SDG Accord (Sustainable Development Goals) a UN initiative which Bard recently signed onto which aims to increase sustainability in 17 specific areas.
Bard students took part in the event by selling handmade art, jewelry, and menstrual products. Also at the event was Bard’s bike co-op, a student run group that teaches students how to repair and build bikes. More information on the bike co-op can be found here. The Center for Experimental Humanities hosted a phone screen repair workshop and woodworkers from Repair Cafe Hudson Valley offered furniture repairs.
There were also representatives from Sun Commons, a local solar company based in Rhinebeck, Captain Blankenship, a plant-based, women-run natural beauty company, and Bread Alone Bakery, a local organic bakery. These groups were chosen because they are B Corporations, which are socially conscious companies that “balance purpose and profit.”
The Bard E3s helped with an apple tasting of Montgomery Place Orchard apples. The orchard has more than 70 varieties of apples, which were procured by the Bard MBA program.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and the Experimental Humanities Department.
Photos by the Bard MBA in Sustainability program
Written and compiled by Ella McGrail (Class of 2021), Rose Reiner (class of 2023), and Grace Derksen (class of 2023)