On Tuesday, the Hijablicious team including our mama 🙂 went along to a ‘Traid: Sew Good” workshop, in conjunction with our local council.
Traid (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) is a charity that does what it says on the tin. It helps encourage recycling our endless amount of clothing that we consume, sell them (or remake prior to selling) in one of the 10 charity shops they have around London (Queensway, Shepherds Bush etc). This is what the objectives of TRAID are:
- To protect the environment by diverting clothes and shoes from landfill;
- To reduce world poverty by raising funds for overseas development projects; and
- To educate the UK public on environmental and world poverty issues.
Overall, we had a really good time but more importantly it really made us focus on sustainability, eco-fashion and finding creative ways to make our clothes last longer, and also look original. We are huge fans of vintage clothing, but this is way to make your own clothing look unique.
Traid work really hard to change our attitudes towards clothing, and also help global development.
So is there anything you can do to help?
- See if you can get together with your friends, bring all the accessories you have and see if you can find ways to make to remake some items.
- Even better if there is someone who has sewing skills who you know, find a few hours in the day to learn from them, and use those basic skills to teach others.
- Add your unwanted clothes to clothing banks or donate to charity shops.
- Shop from vintage and charity shops and give your wardrobe a original kick while helping a cause, it really does make you feel like your shopping was worth it .
Find our more about the Traid, Wear Poverty Out Campaign Here
Do you have any of your own tips? Do share! 🙂