Transition Bluffton is pleased to host a Swap Night in the Village of Bluffton. Bring new, unwanted items or gently used, no longer needed things to trade for something that you can use. Items for the swap will include: clothing, small appliances, tools, books and other miscellaneous items. Open to the public at no charge.
Bring items to swap between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Swapping starts at 7:00.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Third Floor, Bluffton Town Hall
Chrissy Lugibihl of the Et Cetera Shop will show ways to recycle, repurpose and revive clothing and textiles at 7 p.m. on April 17 in the Fellowship Hall at First Mennonite Church, 101 S Jackson St.
Lugibihl, the Et Cetera Shop manager since 2003, will demonstrate how to dress and use textiles more sustainably and ethically. This is the April meeting for Transition Bluffton; if you are a regular attendee, please note this temporary meeting location.
Lugibihl will also provide an update on the thrift store, which will be moving from the current 111 S Main St. store to the Peerless Glove Factory building after extensive renovations, sometime in 2019. The Et Cetera Shop sells donated clothing and apparel, housewares, and other goods, and in turn gives funds to the Mennonite Central Committee and local charities.
The 3 R’s of Fashion Event event is being held during Fashion Revolution month, which marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on April 24, 2013. This tragedy sparked a demand for greater transparency in the garment and textile industries, causing people to ask “Who made my clothes?” and what is their social, economic and environmental impact?
Unlike big box stores who have vast amount of captial and overhead to cusion the blows of rocks midstream, an owner of a local business can sometimes feel like they are running rapids in a small skiff and their paddles have just broke. However, everyone knows that shopping local helps build the economy of your hometown. So how do local business owners build up local loyalty and trust that can act like the needed “cushion from the rocky rapids”? What does building local resilience mean?
TransitionUS has tried to answer that in their Re-Economy program. In order for a business to show resilience it needs to be flexible and malleable enough to adapt and change with the local needs. It means local business need to be able to supply their materials locally and hire workers from the local community. To be seen as giving back. Transition US has created a checklist, “CHECKLIST FOR RESILIENCE-BUILDING ENTERPRISES” to assess if local businesses are resilient. How many Bluffton businesses do you think make the grade?