Embracing a more sustainable future, textile students at MacKillop College have been given the task of creating garments using second hand clothes.
The year 10 textile students are currently participating in a unit called 'waste wear' and the aim is to create an awareness of recycling and reusing existing clothes, teacher Megan Hudson said.
"The idea of this particular unit is to re-purpose textiles to try and cut down on the world's second biggest pollutant," Ms Hudson said.
"The other benefit is that sourcing fabric from op shops keeps the costs down for students who need to fund their own projects."
Ms Hudson said it was great for the students to also get out of the classroom and into the community.
"When we went on our trip, for a lot of the students, it was their first time visiting an op shop so it was also a chance for them to experience something different."
The project the students are currently undertaking includes the sourcing of fabrics and the designing and construction of a corset or waistcoat.
Students Jessica Barrance and Isaiah Tay said they were excited for the creative challenge.
"When we went for our op shop visit we went to Willing and Able and the Hope Shop in Port Macquarie," Jessica said.
"For this project we knew we couldn't just go to Spotlight so we had to look at existing clothes and try and find clothes we could deconstruct and use the fabric."
"The whole idea of the project is to reduce the waste of textiles in the world," Isaiah said.
"We had to go and find the fabric we wanted to use and we are now in the designing phase and we will start construction in the coming weeks.
"I find textiles really fun because it is completely different from our academic subjects but challenging in other ways."
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