MAKE DO AND MEND
A new project urging people to ‘make do and mend’ was launched in Rutherglen last week.
R: evolve has been started by the Lightburn Elderly Action Project, and the ribbon was cut on their swap shop and welly exchange at 47 Farmloan Road last Friday ( June 12).
Deputy Provost Pam Clearie was there to do the honours, while other elected members like Margaret Ferrier MP and James Kelly MSP were also in attendance.
It is hoped R:evolve will encourage people to get more wear from their old clothes.
The project even has a monthly column in the Reformer telling people how to “upcycle” and transform garments that might usually be for the bin into something completely different.
Councillor Clearie told the large crowd of volunteers and guests: “The Swap Shop Boutique which we are launching today will give local people a west end shopping experience without the price tag.
“Instead people are encouraged to bring in those unwanted, ill fitting, out of fashion items that lurk in the back of all of our wardrobes and simply swap them for something more relevant.
“A simple way to share our resources, think differently about our spending, and care for our planet.”
She added: “This project will play an important role in educating local people about the effects of throw away fashion, as well as helping hundreds of local families to become more textile savvy, but they need your help to make it a success.
“They need you to use the service and tell all your friends and colleagues to use it too and they need you to think of ways the R:evolve can work in partnership with your organisation, and together we will do our bit to make this planet a more sustainable place for our grandchildren’s children.”
The swap shop and welly exchange is just the start for R:evolve. They will work with local primary schools on the Uniform Recycle Project and a new Linen Library will be opened on Hamilton Road in Cambuslang.
James Kelly MSP praised the project: “It was great to meet the staff and volunteers at the opening on Friday. “I was impressed by how innovative
their plans are. It’s clear that R:evolve will not only benefit the environment but be a valuable resource for the local community.
“Their plans for school uniform recycling projects will be well received as well as their craft workshops and swap schemes.
“It’s always encouraging to see new shops opening up and this is no exception. It is a unique idea and yet another excellent project from LEAP - a great local group.
“I’ll be going in again to have a browse and would encourage others to do the same.”
The project has been funded by the Climate Change Fund, Clyde Gateway, Legacy 2014, Your Clothes and Natural Scotland.
Councillor Clearie also thanked Crown Paints, Fabric Bazaar and people who have donated clothes, tools and materials as well as the volunteers and trades people who have given up their time.
On yer bike Volunteers, including Mel Robinson, Wendy Russel and project manager Gilly Feron (front row) can’t wait to get started
Take it as red Mel Robinson shows Councillor Pam Clearie some of the garments they’ve already had handed in
Opening Depute Provost Pam Clearie performs the honours at R:evolve’s new base