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9 Reasons to shop second hand – True Activist

True Activist promote the second hand clothing lifestyle

A good friend recently came across this great article on a site called True Activist about why it is a good thing to shop second hand.. and it sums up perfectly why I have taken on this challenge, and why you should consider making more sensible choices too.. check it out.

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Traid & Traid Remade

Traid & Traid Remade

If you have not wandered into a Traid store yet, do it now! Traid is an organisation which collects unwanted clothing from across the UK for reuse and sale at their charity shops across the country.

By doing this, they are minimising waste, their carbon footprint and consumption, and funds raised by Traid contributes to projects in developing countries to fight global poverty, exploitation and environmental damage caused by the textile and fashion industries.

Traid have their very own fashion label, too, which launched in 2002. TRAIDremade design and produce upcycled clothing for women and men using second hand textiles that would otherwise be thrown away.

When you buy TRAIDremade, you are helping to protect the environment by reducing landfill and supporting international development projects to fight poverty – to which all of the profits are directed.

Each TraidRemade items is unique, and is sustainably remade by hand the TraidRemade workshop in Brighton. TRAIDremade designers work exclusively with old clothes and textiles donated to TRAID to create wearable, original items that no-one else will have, and which you will not find on the High Street.

Traid also have a collection service, so if you have a bag of clothes you no long need, consider giving them a call to collect it.. Or pop it in one of their collection bins around the UK. It will free up space in your wardrobe for all the new things you will buy in their stores!

Buy TRAIDremade at their online store http://www.traidremade.com, or at TRAID Camden, TRAID Hammersmith and TRAID Shepherd’s Bush.

Learn about Looptworks

Was just on the internet doing some research and happened to come across this company in Portland, Oregon (US) which was founded in 2009.

This company repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products from pre-consumer excess… with the aim of ridding the world of waste while and inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.

The issue of textile waste at the pre-consumer end of things was not something I had considered when I started out on this challenge… my focus was squarely with the consumer patterns and waste at the end of a garments life.

Their website reports “Every week, one factory can dispose of about 60,000 pounds of textile waste that goes into landfills. That’s roughly equivalent to 113 Baby Grand Pianos!”. It had not ever occurred to me that factories could be discarding so much, when although the fabric may not be what was requested, it is perfectly good quality textile which could be used in another way (Upcycled).

Discovering this site has made me realise exactly how little I know and how inspirational and innovative people can be when motivated. If you have some time, check out this short video.

You will also find a link to their website on my links page.

Less than 2 hours to go

In 2007 in Sydney… Earth Hour was started. In 2013… Hundreds of Millions of people have already switched off for Earth Hour at 8:30pm local time. 

Earth Hour is about helping people to realise that their own actions can have an impact on the planet and drawing attention to energy use. In 2012, over 150 countries participated. This year, Palestine, Tunisia, Suriname and Rwanda are participating for the first time. This year, Australia has asked it’s people to switch off for good and switch to renewable energy.

So… It’s not yet 7:30pm… You have time to get to the shop for some candles and make it back in time to log off, switch off and shut down at 8:30pm.

What are you waiting for? 

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