Make Do and Mend

Make do and Mend with the Recycling Champions at Paddington Library, April 2016Westminster’s Recycling Champions recently ran a clothes repair workshop at Paddington Library. Ten people brought along items they wanted help with, from bags to dresses to jeans. Our four Recycling Champion volunteers helped them get under way fixing and altering their items with guidance and encouragement.

We had a great range of things from holey sheets to coats needing shortening. Everyone had a really good chat and we repaired a lot of items as well!

By fixing or altering old clothes, not only are we creating less waste to deal with, but we’re also helping save resources. The average cotton shirt takes 2,700 litres of water to produce.

Westminster Recycling Champions logoThanks to Paddington Library for hosting the event – and for lending us a sewing machine!

The Recycling Team have a stand in a library every month – come and ask us a question. Our next events are in Pimlico Library as part of South West Fest – we look forward to seeing you there.

And if you’d like to give Make Do and Mend a try but can’t get to an event, you can find lots of books in the library to help you out:

Sewing manual by Laura Strutt  Make do and mend: keeping family and home afloat on war rations  Mend and make fabulous by Denise Wild

[Emma, Recycling Team]

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