Someone posted this infographic on the No New Clothes for a Year Facebook group earlier on this week:
Image from Ethical Consumer
There are some pretty shocking stats in there, but the one that leaps out at me is that we are sending 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year. And in fact, I’m not sure how up to date that statistic is, as on the Love Your Clothes site, they are talking in terms of 100 million tonnes-WOW!
Fashions change so quickly, and if you are inclined to try and keep up, it can be difficult.
To demonstrate that it is possible to keep up with trends, and not be contributing to the the wastage of textiles, Oxfam, Recycle for London, and Love Your Clothes have hooked up with stylist Emma Slade-Edmondson, and will be re-creating the seasons hottest new looks as they come off the catwalk, using only the clothes found in the Dalston Oxfam shop, for the Charity Fashion Live event this Saturday (19th September)!
They will be sharing the looks live on Twitter (@CharityFashLive) and Instagram (@CharityFashionLive) throughout the day from 9am-7pm, using the #CharityFashionLive hashtag, so you can follow along and see how they are getting on!
On the same day, Love Your Clothes are also hosting other #FashionSalvage events, at other Oxfam shops in London, with a team of designers and upcycling experts on hand to show you how to alter, repair and re-style your clothes.
How fab does that sound?!
You can find them at:
:: Oxfam Convent Garden
23 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5RH; 2-4pm
Orsola de Castro, the founder of Fashion Revolution day, will be be teaming up with Katie Jones, London designer and crochet-er extraordianaire
:: Oxfam Islington
29 Islington High Street, Islington, London, N1 9LH; 2-4pm
Wonderful Barley Massey from Fabrications, and Tree from Stitchless TV will have a pop up alterations and upcycling desk
:: Oxfam Westbourne Grove
254 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SE; 2-4pm
Stylist and costume designer Illishio Lovejoy will be able to help you pull together this season’s top looks!
If you are in London, it’s a great opportunity to get some expert upcycling and refashioning advice.
If you’re not close enough to attend one of the events, then do follow along on social media, and get inspired 🙂