A tonne of clothes are saved from the dump

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

the gar­ments Hang­ing around Some of

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

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