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Jess Cart­ner-Mor­ley’s piece (How I Learned To Stop Shop­ping…, 6 Oc­to­ber) is one of the most im­por­tant ar­ti­cles on sus­tain­abil­ity I have read and, I hope, a gamechanger. My old jack­ets are hardly a sign of an avid fash­ion reader, but the en­vi­ron­ment is my thing, so I look for­ward to hear­ing how to breathe life into old favourites – even age­ing jack­ets. Peter Gray Ip­swich

Like Jess Cart­ner-Mor­ley, I have clothes with their own his­tory, go­ing back years. Old, new and bor­rowed is not just for wed­ding days – it’s for all our days. Anne Stair­mand Colch­ester

I ad­mire the wife stay­ing with her tran­si­tion­ing hus­band (My Life In Sex, 6 Oc­to­ber). Five years ago, mine an­nounced he had “gen­der is­sues” and our mar­riage fell apart. Sadly I felt the change was too huge for me to ac­com­mo­date, and our son has strug­gled hugely. We are tired of the “vic­tory nar­ra­tives” of self-ex­pres­sion and brav­ery about those tran­si­tion­ing. I have great em­pa­thy for my ex, but those ab­sent in the story also suf­fer, and of­ten in si­lence. Name and ad­dress with­held

I hope Sali Hughes’ ar­ti­cle (More Than Skin Deep, 6 Oc­to­ber) on Beauty Banks will be viewed as a sad re­flec­tion on the cur­rent aus­ter­ity govern­ment rather than a good news story. Well done to her and her col­leagues – but it’s scan­dalous that, in the 21st cen­tury, peo­ple do not have ac­cess to soap and tam­pons, ex­cept at the ex­pense of food. Tanya Ralph Dar­ley Dale, Der­byshire

In not recog­nis­ing Bri­tish self-dep­re­ca­tion (in his wife’s claim that she could not pass the UK cit­i­zen­ship test), Tim Dowling (6 Oc­to­ber) has al­ready demon­strated he would not pass. David Cross Leek, Stafford­shire

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On re­tir­ing (Dive In, 6 Oc­to­ber), try to find ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve meet­ing peo­ple of all ages. I went to art col­lege, and my mind is still whirring at 78. Mur­ray Mar­shall Sal­is­bury

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