Revamp, restyle, reuse – Bristol24/7

The Revamp, Restyle, Reuse occasion, a part of Fashion Revolution Week, occurred in Bristol Energy Hub. Designers and lovers of recycled style labored in collaboration with Bristol upcycling heroes Emmaus Bristol, Bristol Textile Recyclers (BTR) and Kecks Clothing.

The occasion inspired attendees to restyle and upcycle pre-liked clothes provided by Emmaus and BTR, giving the clothes a brand new lease of life and saving them from landfill. It was an opportunity to see textiles in a brand new gentle with recommendations on how you can model them up into your new favorite style merchandise.

Fashionistas, moral style professionals and style salvage newbies alike all obtained the possibility to decorate up, rummage by way of the donated clothes and buy their newly found treasures for a really small charge, with all income going to Emmaus Bristol.

Emmaus is a charity that helps assist Bristol’s homeless and socially excluded inhabitants, serving to them to develop into an Emmaus ‘companion’, working inside the recycling business. With assist, they're inspired to make use of their abilities to alter and enhance their very own lives. Bristol is perhaps voted the perfect metropolis to stay in Europe, however with ever-rising rents, there are a lot of individuals dealing with homeless.

Helen Brown, the upcycling queen from sustainable style model Kecks Clothes, works alongside Emmaus Bristol as their in-home textiles reuse advisor and the mastermind behind the Revamp, Restyle, Reuse occasion. Helen is amazingly obsessed with her work, and actually is aware of her stuff. She was just lately recognised as ‘making an excellent contribution’ by the Earth Champions Foundation for her work spreading the phrase about sustainable style.

“We're asking individuals to ask, “Who made my garments?” as a part of Trend Revolution Week,” Helen explains. “We wish to take a look at the transparency inside the clothes business and encourage individuals to purchase sustainable style and second-hand garments,” Helen continues. “We are attempting to indicate individuals that there's a actually sustainable different to the excessive road.”

Most of the garments discovered at style salvage occasions nonetheless have their value tags hooked up: proof that disposable style has obtained uncontrolled. Folks appear to be bypassing charity retailers and eliminating their undesirable and sometimes model new gadgets by chucking them straight into garments recycling bins. Maybe they suppose they're doing the best factor, however clearly solely a lot may be recycled. What number of garment could possibly be popping out of a manufacturing unit, hitting store flooring and ending up as landfill with out ever being worn? It’s a scary thought.

With 4 Bristol-based mostly retailers, Emmaus are attempting their hardest to maintain as many textiles, furnishings and bric-a-brac gadgets from landfill, however area is so restricted of their retailers and warehouses that it is extremely troublesome to maintain the mass of things shifting by way of the retailers. Their lengthy-time period imaginative and prescient is to contemplate the surroundings, in addition to earning profits for the charity, so extra small-scale sustainable style occasions like Revamp, Restyle, Reuse may properly be on the playing cards.

“Folks have a sure thought a couple of charity store, but it surely’s not all the time about that,” Helen explains. “Folks consider a charity store with a great deal of stuff shoved in, but it surely’s very, very completely different now. It’s a really sustainable method of procuring, and occasions like this, held proper into town centre, imply individuals can interact with us another way. We’ve had plenty of curiosity within the garments and the ethos, and we will certainly run an occasion like this once more.”

Emmaus Bristol essential store,  Backfields Home, Higher York Road, BS28WF

www.emmausbristol.org.uk

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