Green Teens

My daughter Ruby goes to a fairly progressive public school in midtown, Beacon High School, where the kids study environmental issues, are required to do community service and have clubs about sustainability. A student started a Facebook page called, “Beacon School Bartering Community” where students (400 of them, 1/3 of the school) trade clothing they no longer wear. “She got da goods,” “It’s tight but not like, skin tight,” “I can meet to trade very beginning of school, first floor bathroom, ok?” “Are they skinny or boot or what?” and “It’s greyish purple. like my hair” are some of the comments posted among the trendy Forever 21, Abercrombie and Urban Outfitters clothes. It’s been a huge success; what teenager wouldn’t like to have some new items of clothing in their wardrobe, for free? I hope other schools do the same thing as it’s a great way to recycle clothing!

About Elisa Casas

ELISA CASAS (that’s me) was born and raised in New York City. I have a BFA in Photography from NYU and worked as a photojournalist and talent scout for major record labels before opening Chelsea Girl in 1993. I also owned Laurel Canyon Vintage, Clutch! and a popular cafe, City Girl Cafe, and I starred in the groundbreaking Sundance series, “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” with my best friend, David Munk. I like pomegranates, clouds, “Exile on Main Street,” birthdays, ancient ruins, the beach, abstract art, cypress trees, “Annie Hall,” old diamonds, Almodovar, clam shacks, surprises, Anne Boleyn, popcorn, “Rebecca,” margaritas, pugs, apple pie and castles in Spain. I live in TriBeCa with my fashionable daughter, Ruby. Follow Chelsea Girl on Facebook- and Instagram-ChelseaGirlVintage
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