Make Do and Mend – free clothes upcycling workshop this Thursday

Make Do and MendAccording to WRAP, the organisation behind Love Food Hate Waste which helps consumers reduce food waste, around 350,000 tonnes of used clothing (£140 million worth) goes to landfill in the UK every year. The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – and around 30% of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year.

We can reduce such waste by choosing clothing designed to last longer (say goodbye to PRIMARK!), buying second-hand clothes, using energy-efficient laundry methods, donating for resale or recycling, swapping as well as repairing, altering and remaking/upcycling.

This Thursday I will be running a free clothes upcycling workshop during the Designers and Makers Night Market at The Shop Revolution cafe in Sydenham, South East London at 6.30pm. We will be upcycling unwanted clothes into covered buttons and vintage-looking fabric flowers (like on the photo below) so bring any clothes or bits of fabric you no longer need.

The Designers and Makers Night Market is a quarterly evening market showcasing South East London’s most talented Designers + Makers, featuring an eclectic mix of Illustration + print, jewellery, homewares and more. All the traders are local and produce original, hand-made products.

Hope to see you there!

Download WRAP’s ground breaking “Valuing Our Clothes’ report that provides the first big picture look at the financial and environmental impacts of clothing.

Covered buttons and vintage flowers from unwanted clothes

Covered buttons and vintage flowers made from unwanted clothes

About martas2912

I am a sustainable tourism specialist on the Caucasus region. I have been going back and forth to Georgia since 2001 as a traveller, tourism development professional and academic researcher. Now working as a Sustainable Tourism Expert for the World Bank and GIZ projects in Georgia on DMOs, regional and national marketing, and mountain tourism development. More on my blog: and tweet @oneplanetblog
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