A tonne of clothes are saved from the dump
A recycling swapshop set up in Rutherglen has saved one tonne of clothes from going to the dump in just six weeks - the same weight as a fully grown polar bear!
R:evolve Clothing, who have a monthly column in the Reformer, has enjoyed massive success since they started operating in June.
Operating out of their base at 47 Farmeloan Road in Rutherglen, they offer a cash-less service, with people handing in old garments awarded points to spend on new materials.
It has proved such a hit that a second boutique in Halfway has now opened to cope with demand.
Among the items making up the 1000kg’s are hundreds of pairs of jeans, school uniforms, suits and even a wedding dress.
Garments that can’t be passed on are used for parts such as buttons and zips.
The project, which has received funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Fund and Clyde Gateway, aims to reduce waste and CO2 emissions.
R:evolve was set up by Wendy Russell and Mel Robinson of the Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) and Wendy admits she has been overwhelmed with the response.
She said: “People initially said ‘I’ll make a donation but I wouldn’t take anything’ because of the stigma of getting something for nothing, but we’ve started to break that down.
“People are surprised by the west end boutique-feel of the shop. It’s not embarrassing, it’s an experience.
“Each year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown out and go to landfill in the UK and when you consider that it takes 2600 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans, it really is time we learned about the effects our throw away culture has on the planet.
“We want people to see their unwanted clothes as a resource rather than rubbish. If you haven’t worn it for over a year, bring it into us and trade it for something more relevant. We want to see swapping happening on every high street.”
R: evolve includes a team of dedicated volunteers who run educational workshops, including ‘ make do and mend’, crochet, knitting and sewing.
Mel Robinson, who is the volunteer development office, added: “There’s been a big uptake in volunteering for the project, we have been overwhelmed by the interest. Our 26 volunteers have different skills and are aged between 17 and 88, not to mention those on our waiting list.
“We are in the very early stages of the project, but it’s grown arms and legs, and we’ve added more following on from our engagement with the local community and their enthusiasm and excitement.
“There is so much we want to achieve.”
R:evolve have even drawn praise from John Amabile, who is an ambassador for the Ideal Home how.
He said: “R: evolve Recycle is another great initiative and I’m delighted to see its success. We should all be making an effect to reduce the amount of waste and protect our planet.”
For more information. visit www. facebook.com/revolverecycle or www.twitter.com/revolverecycle where their celebrity followers include Gail Porter and radio’s Callum Gallagher and Dougie Jackson.
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been handed in and material that has already Tonne of Work Volunteers at R:evolve celebrate the milestone
Break time R:evolve workshop in Rutherglen in action but there’s always time for cake
Praise John Amabile at the Idea Homes Show has praised Rutherglen recycling group R:evolve
Numbers up R:evolve young learners Mia Russell, Rosie and Elizabeth Jones