Free school uniform exchange opens in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre

Free school uniform exchange opens in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre <i>(Image: Leith Collective)</i>
Free school uniform exchange opens in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre (Image: Leith Collective)

A new uniform exchange has launched in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre.

The Leith Collective store, now open at the city mall, will be a hub for locals to donate good quality school uniforms to those who need them.

It comes as the cost-of-living crisis weighs heavily on people's minds and concerns grow with the added expense of the Christmas period.

The uniforms can be collected free of charge.

Speaking ahead of the launch, The Leith Collective founder, Sara Thomson said; “Kids grow so quickly. Parents tend to buy a whole new uniform at the start of the school year in August and often find their child has already outgrown it by the Christmas break.

"Yet these uniforms are often still in perfectly good condition and could easily do another child a turn.

"Our Smart Start initiative aims to make it as easy as possible for people to donate their unwanted uniforms, so that someone in need can make use of them.”

The uniform exchange is also a response to the climate crisis – a cause which lies at the heart of The Leith Collective.

Sara added: “Smart Start is a sustainable solution that aims to keep quality clothes out of landfill and in use for longer, thus promoting a circular economy and helping to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry.”