Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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