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We want to end this unnecessary
waste - and give old (or sometimes not so old) clothes a new lease of
Working with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), as part of their Wise Up
To Waste campaign, we ran seven Swish and Style events in Spring 2017 across the
boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and
These public events included a swish
(or organised swap) of clothing, accessories and shoes, as well as various
upcycling workshops. A local seamstress was on hand to perform repairs, and
teach people how to mend or enhance their clothes to give them a new lease of
The events were held in popular
community spaces and attracted over 350 residents. In total a whopping 2,303
items of unwanted clothes were donated, with 1,664 items taken away by new
owners, to be re-worn and re-loved. All remaining items were donated to the
Salvation Army to sell in their shops or be recycled.
The events were thoroughly
enjoyed by everyone. One Hackney resident told us “This is one of the
best days I've spent! Great vibes, super friendly people and fun!!”
As well as being fun, the events helped
change people's behaviour and taught new life-long skills - 98% said
they were now more interested in the reuse, repair and upcycling of clothes
after coming along.
A Barnet resident bought along his broken trousers and learnt how to mend them
with the help of the seamstress. “I’ve never sewn anything before. I hate
shopping. I would much rather just fix my clothes. And now I know how to.”
There are lots of photos from the days in our facebook gallery. And the events were such a success,
we are delighted to announce that NLWA have asked us to run them again
next year. If you are involved in a community group in the area, would
you be interested in working with us to host one of the events? For more
information, please contact
We'll be back next January, February and March,
across the seven boroughs. We are
currently working out the details now so watch this space. And if you are a
North Londoner we look forward to seeing you there and helping
to give your wardrobe a whole new lease of life.
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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