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SCI colleague gains Eco voucher funding from the HEIF

(9 February 2017)

Dr Helen Holmes, based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute, has been awarded eco voucher funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), along with Drs Claudia Henninger and Daniella Ryding from the School of Materials. Together they will conduct a pilot project on the access economy, a business model where goods and services are traded on the basis of access rather than ownership. 

The three-month project is a collaboration between the University and two sustainably-minded organisations – Chorlton-based Stitched Up, an ethical fashion co-operative, and Rentez-Vous, a fashion sharing and rental platform based in London. 

The project will explore how sharing, swapping and re-using fashion can be a more environmentally sustainable form of consumption. Helen and her colleagues will be speaking with the organisations’ customers and stakeholders during the course of the project.

The HEIF supports and develops interactions between universities and wider society which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.