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Charity Fashion Live

September 18, 2015

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!

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Festival of Repair!

September 2, 2015

I am more than a little bit excited…!
As well as starting a whole new challenge, this month sees several fabulous Make Do and Mend type events/projects happening-hurray!

First up, The Rubbish Diet have just launched The Festival of Repair, which will run for the whole of September.
An actual Festival (ok, more of a virtual Festival, but still) of actual Repair!!

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Style Yourself #Secondhandfirst

February 13, 2015

I had an e-mail the other day from the lovely people at TRAID-a charity working to stop clothes being thrown away. They have stores across London, and run some great events, including clothing repair and upcycling.
The e-mail was asking if I would like to join them for their event next week (Thursday 19th) at their Dalston store-called Style Yourself #Secondhandfirst.
It looks like a fabulous event, but living in Wiltshire and having two small people, I’m not able to attend, so I promised to give them a ‘shout out’ in a blog post instead!

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The event is actually a competition, and you can win yourself a bike from Bikeworks-a great not for profit bike shop.
All you have to do is turn up on the night, and using the clothes provided by TRAID, style yourself a fabulous outfit, before having your photo taken by a professional fashion photographer!
If you are like me, and not sure that your sense of style will quite cut the mustard, then worry not, the brilliant TRAID stylists will be on hand to assist 🙂

All the photos will be uploaded by TRAID onto their social media, and followers will be invited to vote for their favourite. The photo with the most votes will be the winner!


So if you are anywhere near Dalston, get yourself down to TRAID, and support their work, and help promote secondhand chic!
If you’re not anywhere near Dalston, you can still help to spread the word about TRAID, and about the awesomeness of wearing secondhand, by pledging to source a percentage of your wardrobe secondhand. 

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The Festival of Thrift

September 22, 2014

Have you heard about The Festival of Thrift?
The inaugural event was last year, and was a rip-roaring success with 27,000 people joining in will the thrifty fun.
And now it’s back for it’s second year and promises to be even bigger, better and more thrift-filled that 2013.

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The Festival of Thrift is the brainchild of Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway (of Hemingway Design), and John Orchard, who owns Lingfield Point in Darlington.
Lingfield Point is the venue for the Festival and was originally built as the Patons and Baldwins Wool Factory. It is now a contemporary and low carbon business community, and the perfect venue for a Festival of Thrift, showcasing how the best in upcycling and modern design can mix with industrial heritage.
The idea behind the festival was to bring a free cultural celebration to the people of the North East, the UK and beyond, where people could find the fun in learning how to reuse, recycle and upcycle, saving both money and benefiting the environment.

I was gutted to miss last year’s Festival, and I am afraid to say it looks like I won’t be making it again this year, but it looks AMAZING-I wanted to share it with you, as I think it might just appeal…!

If you are anything like me, it is basically everything you could ever want in a Festival-there are workshops, food stalls, inspirational speakers, stalls selling upcycled, recycled and second-hand gems and more!
These are just of a few of the things that caught my eye:

  • The Fix It Café-where expert volunteers will be on hand to help you to fix your broken items, anything from damaged shoes to electrical goods. Inside the café festival-goers will find ‘fixers’ with tools, advice and a whole heap of knowledge, and if all else fails some ideas on how to re-use or recycle.
  • Jamallot-the festivals very own chutney and jam factory. Festival go-ers donate their fruit and veg, or their time, and make Jam and Chutney. The produce is then sold for a suggested donation of 50p, or given to charity-what a totally brilliant idea!
    Jamallot Picture Credit: The Festival of Thrift

    Picture Credit: The Festival of Thrift

  •  Swap Shop-where you can exchange clothes, books, toys, plants, knowledge and talents!
  • A Junk Orchestra will be on stage too, working with the team at Sage Gateshead they’ll be asking for help to make and play the instruments made from your donated ‘junk’
  • Uber-crafter and Channel 4’s ‘Superscrimper’ Nicolette La Fonseca will be creating an upcycled room – showing you can do beautiful on a budget
  • Upcycling hero Max McMurdo will be building a shed from old Cuprinol cans…!
  • A huge range of workshops-from chocolate making and charcuterie, to bread making and bee keeping, via jewellery making from toys and spinning and patchwork!
    Lego rings Picture credit: The Festival of Thrift

    Lego rings
    Picture credit: The Festival of Thrift

And did I mention that entry to the Festival is FREE..?!

In case you hadn’t quite made up your mind yet, here are a few words from Wayne Hemingway, Festival Co-Founder to seal the deal:
“Thrift has become a vital, contemporary movement reflecting traditional values, and it’s evolving each day as our needs and the needs of our planet change. What we found last year is that thrift stimulates community thinking and provides a reason for people to get together – from families who want a free fun day out with fantastic entertainment, food and activities to those who are looking to learn new skills while saving money and contributing positively to the planet while they’re doing it.
The Festival of Thrift is an apt response to the economic climate and can play a positive and uplifting role in helping folk to navigate their way through times of low disposable income. We’re on a mission to show everyone that you can live for less and do it in a creative and fun way.”

I am gutted to not be able to make it, but would love to hear from any of you if you go!
BUT I have been lucky enough to be offered the chance to interview some of the people behind The Festival of Thrift, so stay tuned for these this week 🙂