Nuku'alofa: Friday 20th November 2020.
“CHOOSE TYEE!! So that you can achieve your dreams for the future.” Taniela Vaha’I, 24 yrs old, Patangata.
It is difficult not to embrace a sense of fulfilment over the hundreds of testimonies and feedback we constantly get from our youth participants after getting involved in our events.
Many of these young people do not hold back when expressing their gratification and appreciation for being made aware of TYEE GO GREEN! SWAP and the countless benefits they reaped from a single SWAP event. From affordable fashion to a newly fresh looking sustainable and eco-friendly closet, and to top it off, giving our young people, a once in a lifetime experience, or as best described by a SWAP participant, “Perfect Customer service from the staff as well as the nourishment and encouragement of team work and working together.” Lesieli Lolo, 22 yrs old, Pea.
This is to mark the ending of the SWAP Event for the year 2020 as well as the 1 year anniversary for the GO GREEN! Initiative.
We reflect on the first SWAP Event in November 2019 and the confidence and determination we had to growing and developing the initiative to where it is today. With the growth, we also made a long lasting impression on not only the lives of our youth participants but on the environment, by also raising the awareness of unethical consumer habits.
Did you know that it takes 2,700 litres, or the amount of drinking water needed by one person for 900 days, to produce just one T-shirt? (Living, Euronews)
Within a year, TYEE GO GREEN! SWAP have reused and recycled approximately 1,500 pieces of clothing wastes, this is how much more wastes that could have piled up in landfill for this year alone as well as reducing the need to purchase new material as we continue to provide several fashion alternatives.
For a youth-led community initiative to have such an impact on the environment and on the youth, community is astounding to say the least. We are on the verge of becoming the number one youth organisation contributor to Tonga’s NDC which plays a critical role in our country’s contribution to addressing climate change.
The interest towards the initiative has tripled; the demand for affordable fashion increases by the hour, but one thing remains the same, our determination and commitment to grow and develop.
We welcome any form of support towards the initiative that will enable us to deliver all our activities in its entirety for a greater impact on the youth and on our environment.
TYEE GO GREEN!
Our home, our future, our responsibility.