Members of Lighthouse club host pop-up thrift store, Threads, to support efforts in ending slavery. Photos by Sonja Brandt
By Janis Wagner
Lighthouse is hosting a pop-up thrift store called Threads for students to shop at November 7-9.
The event is being used to shed light on the “fast fashion” industry and how much it plays a role in unfair wages and human trafficking. Doors will be open to the community and all of the funds are being given to the International Justice Mission to fight modern day slavery.
“International Justice Mission is the world’s largest anti-trafficking organization,” senior Makayla Kosberg said. “The proceeds are being used to support the vital work IJM does and show the negative effects the fashion industry has on instigating a cycle of slavery.”
Lighthouse aims to raise awareness about human trafficking and how it affects modern societies around the world through conversation-starting events such as the annual events “Buy Flowers Not Girls” campaign from spring semester and the “Dressember” event in December.
“In a sense we are using our economic votes to change the world by supporting second hand shopping instead of directly funding fast fashion,” senior and Lighthouse President Sarah Van Duser said. “Many people don’t know how harmful the fast fashion industry is, because clothing is mass-produced and overseas workers get paid under a living wage and have to work in unsafe conditions for extensive hours.”
The pop-up shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Any questions about Lighthouse or the event can be addressed to Van Duser at firstname.lastname@example.org.