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Opening the wardrobe

Updated Tuesday, 20th August 2013

From 2-9th November 2013, The Open University will be asking you to open your wardrobe and share your secrets with us in our wardrobe audit.

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Searching a wardrobe Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Antikainen | We'd like you to audit your wardrobe The Institute of Social Marketing’s online sustainable clothing event - part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science - is now live. The ESRC Festival aims to engage non-academic audiences with social science research and shed light on how it can be used in practice. The event will help explain how social marketing research is used to influence behaviour in ways which can improve individual and societal wellbeing.

This online event aims to raise awareness of how research can be the basis for making clothing ownership and use more sustainable. Each year, UK households spend around £1,700 on clothing. High consumption levels are driven by ‘fast fashion’ trends and by readily available cheap clothing that is often seen as disposable, worn less, and thrown away quickly.

Please take part in the interactive wardrobe audit by counting the number of jeans, t-shirts and socks that you own. You will be given instant feedback that compares your data with others’ and an opportunity to reflect on your clothing ownership and use. The event will also feature a discussion forum and blog posts from academics, practitioners and other sustainability experts. The hope is to discover how understanding more about clothing ownership can provide clues about how this behaviour can be changed.

If you would like to contribute an expert blog, we would love to hear from you. Please contact either Sally Dibb or Helen Roby for further details.





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