Fashion Revolution Week
It’s Fashion Revolution Week and we’re celebrating to raise awareness of textile waste. Did you know in the UK we throw away roughly 350,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles worth over £140 million annually. In west London most of this ends up being burned for energy recovery – not the best use of clothing for our economy or environment.
Help us explore whether fast fashion can slow down its impact on the environment. Join the fashion revolution!
What Is Fashion Revolution Week?
Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution was born after the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. This year Fashion Revolution Week runs from 24-30 April, with a special focus on upcycling. There will be events around the globe with many right here in London. Be sure to look out for the flagship #whomademyclothes campaign.
Why We Need a Fashion Revolution
If we all used our clothes for nine months longer, their carbon, water & waste footprints would be reduced by up to 30%. With an estimated 30% of our clothes not being worn in the past year, there’s a huge amount of wasted materials and energy just sitting in our closets.
We think it’s time to reconsider our shopping habits and want to inspire some creative new ideas.
What We’re Doing
Live Tweet Chat
We’re hosting a live twitter chat on 26 April from 1-2 pm on textile waste with fashion industry experts. Our #TextileChat will give our residents and followers the chance to find out what the fashion industry is doing to reduce textile waste. The chat will also provide insight into what we can do to reduce our own textile waste by exploring issues surrounding fast fashion.
If you have questions, please send them to us ahead of time so we can be sure they get answered – though we’ll do our best to answer as many live questions as possible on the day too! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message us on Twitter @WestLondonWaste.
We are pleased to confirm an amazing panel of experts including:
- Orsola de Castro: Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution. Orsola began up-cycling in 1997 with her original label, From Somewhere, the first to take luxury pre-consumer textile waste and re-make it into new collections. Recently, Orsola created Reclaim To Wear, resulting in collaborations with retailers such as Topshop as well as projects with Central Saint Martins and Hong Kong Design Institute.
- TRAID: A charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. TRAID turns clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of clothes. TRAID provides a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption.
- Jen Gale: Founder of My Make Do and Mend Life blog, offering practical inspiration for small easy steps to live a more sustainable life.
- Love Your Clothes: A nationwide WRAP campaign aimed at reducing the impact of clothes on the environment.
If you’re not on twitter or unable to follow along don’t worry. We’ll be turning the chat into a blog post that will be available on our website shortly afterward.
Haulternative Fashion Video
We’ve created a haulternative fashion video that explores our community sewing workshops. In order to reduce textile waste we run sewing skill workshops. These workshops encourage and develop sewing skills to repair and upcycle clothes, extending the life of items. Check out our video and let us know what you think of it!
We’ll be hosting our next Swish on 6th May at Hounslow Library from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. We run regular swishes (clothes swaps) around west London to reduce textile waste with people swapping their unwanted clothing for amazing ‘new-to-you’ items. If you’re a west London resident and would like to hold your own swish we offer free loan of equipment, as well as help and advice. Simply email email@example.com or call us on 020 8825 9468. You can also browse our www.getswishing.com website for information on how to set-up and run a swish.
Viva la Fashion Revolution!