Share Ground is an organization of students that annually raises money to donate to various types of foundations. According to the their website, Share Ground is a non-profit organization run by middle school and high school students from all over South Korea. The name Share Ground originates from the combination of the two words “share” and “fairground”, implying that this organization is a festive place where a number of students contribute and share items, ideas, and talents. In 2013, the year Share Ground was founded, Share Ground was awarded the Leading Global Activities of the Year Award at the 2013 Global Youth Activities Expo. Since then, Share Ground has held Auction Events annually, which allowed it to make nearly 8,000 USD in total during the last 6 years. Share Ground has donated all of its profits from the auctions to major charities. Some examples of their generosity include money donations they made to Nepal Earthquake relief funds, The Red Cross, The Green Umbrella Foundation, The Salvation Army, and the supporting of families of the victims of the Sewol Ferry Incident. (In the morning of April 16, 2018, a ferry on its way to Jeju Island, killing about 300 people, most of them being high school students.)
As a member of the committee of the Share Ground organization, I would like to introduce to the readers what we did this year. On Friday, July 20, 2018 members of the Share Ground organization gathered to reform donated clothes and made clothes that are old and not worn anymore into better looking, more fashionable clothes in order to sell it to others and raise money. The students dyed white colored shirts that were donated into unique and colorful shirts. Share Ground hasn’t sold the clothes yet and we also haven’t decided which charity will receive the raised money.
|[Reformed clothes by members of the Share Ground organization, photo by Seyun Bang]
Reformation of clothes was first founded by Yael Aflalo in 2009. As fashion industry is the second industry that uses the most water in the world, after agriculture, Aflalo wanted to reduce the amount of harm that the fashion industry is doing to the environment, yet at the same time wanted to design creative clothing. Since 2009, Aflalo, along with many other designers who practice the reformation of clothing, came up with a number of stylish shirts and dresses. The pieces of fabric that are used in the process of reformation are all sustainable materials, most of them coming from the left over pieces that were made during the process of manufacturing other clothes. The idea of reformation has been praised by a number of environmentalists ever since the concept was introduced to the world because of the positive impact reformation brings to the environment, in a creative and effective way.
|[One donated clothing in the process of being dyed, photo by Seyun Bang]
In the last few decades, human activity has negatively influenced the natural environment following the industrial revolution. I believe that it is a right time for us, humans to take action to fix what we have received as a consequence of our actions. As I have taken part in both as an organizer as well as the participant of this event, I think that the Share Ground reformation project was a successful step towards the environmental friendly world that we desire to achieve.
|[Share Ground organization members gathering together
to reform donated clothes, photo by Seyun Bang]
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