#Secondhandfirst week 17-23 November 2014

by Carry Somers 3 years ago
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The fashion reuse charity TRAID launches #SECONDHANDFIRST Week, 17 – 23 November 2014, to encourage people to commit to sourcing more of our clothes and other resources second-hand, rather than buying new.

TRAID will run events and initiatives in its 12 charity shops throughout the week celebrating all things second-hand including a repair workshop with master mender Tom Holland, in-store stylists to help TRAID customers make the most of their second-hand purchases, short film screenings about the garment industry, late night openings and special window displays.


There are lots of ways to get involved along with ideas and resources provided by TRAID including taking the #SECONDHANDFIRST Pledge to source more of your wardrobe second hand, to keep clothes and other resources in circulation for longer by lending, swapping, mending and donating, to visit your local charity shop, run a clothes swap and lots more.

Maria Chenoweth-Casey, CEO of TRAID said, “The power of second-hand to create a more sustainable society is enormous. The garment industry makes huge demands on scarce and diminishing resources, like water, land and oil while unwanted and still wearable clothes are sent to landfill. #SECONDHANDFIRST Week reminds people to use what we already have as a way to reduce waste, landfill, carbon emissions and consumption bringing major benefits to our increasingly fragile environment.”

The charity is also appealing to all its supporters to donate their unwanted clothes to TRAID and help reach its target of collecting an extra seven tonnes of textiles for reuse during this special week. This includes encouraging TRAID charity shop customers to donate their unwanted clothes, helping workplaces run their own collection schemes or, for the ultimate in eco-convenience, to book a free home collection from TRAID at www.traid.org.uk/collections

Confirmed event highlights include:

Tuesday 18 November: Book an appointment with Sustainable Fashion Stylist Marta Krolewicz, 10am – 2pm at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush

Wednesday 19 November: The Clothes Club Swap for Food Cycle and TRAID

Thursday 20 November: Late Night Shopping and Junky Styling Upcyling Workshop at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush, 154 Uxbridge Road,

Friday 21 November: Knitwear Repair Workshop with Tom Holland at TRAID Dalstons,

Friday 21 November: Book an appointment with Sustainable Fashion Stylist Marta Krolewicz, 10am – 2pm at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush

To find events for #Secondhandfirst week, visit www.traid.org.uk/traid-events/

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