Eco Club launches college Eco Store

Tuesday March 2, 2021

Concord’s student-led Eco Club has launched an Eco Store – the latest initiative as part of the college’s ongoing ‘green’ commitments. The ‘Concord College Eco Store’ – set up on a private web-hosting service – is being used as an online platform for current Concordians, to buy essentials for daily life and boarding. The store consists of numerous categories including: Bags, Clothes, Health and Fitness, Household Items, as well as Kitchen Utensils, Toiletries, Phone Accessories, Stationary and other miscellaneous items. The Eco Club states that “the shop was set up to dispense the small number of items that the leavers of 2020 left behind and were unable to reclaim in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.” 6.2 student Jasmine of the Eco Club said: “The Eco Store enables us to repurpose unclaimed or donated parcels and items. “Concord students have a diverse range of wants and needs, and as the saying goes, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'. “This will help to reduce wastage of perfectly viable and usable items too.” All proceeds from purchases on the site will be donated to the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), to ensure long-term protection of the world’s ecosystem and its wildlife. Products can be purchased (*by current students only) via an auctioning method, taking place through Concord’s internal Student Information group on Microsoft Teams. The first auction will be taking place between 3rd and 6th March. Students, earlier this week, were emailed by the Eco Club with a schedule of different sales categories and designated date and time slots to take part in the auction. Speaking of the lifecycle of the new initiative, Jasmine said: “I firmly believe that the Eco Store has potential to keep running and expand further into a college second-hand shop in the future. “Currently, this has not been made possible due to the pandemic and the health risks it might pose, but I have hope that the Eco Store could be made into a long-term initiative for charitable causes, and for a greener Concord.” Mathematics teacher and Concord’s staff Head of Eco Club, Mrs Emma Charles said: “I am really proud with the way the Eco Club have independently produced such a great online store and auction. “I hope they raise lots of money for WWF, and educate our students to be ethical consumers of the future. “I too, hope it will be an ongoing project, where students can also buy and sell unwanted items at the end of each school year as they pack up to leave, saving them money, and educating them on a key part of the 5 R's – reduce, reuse, repair, rot, recycle.” For any student enquiries regarding the Eco Store, please contact Jasmine, Hazel, Rachel or Mrs Emma Charles on Teams or Outlook. Happy shopping!