Celebrity fashion up for grabs

Host of stars aiming to help charities and Make Things Last.

30 Sep 16

A selection of celebrity clothing, including items from Outlander star Sam Heughan, rock band Twin Atlantic, American rapper Eve, Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson and John Amabile, is being auctioned to help raise awareness of the importance of making clothes last, and to raise money for the celebrities’ chosen charities.

The celebrities donated the items earlier this year as part of Pass it on Week - Scotland's annual event, run by Zero Waste Scotland, to encourage everyone to keep things in use for as long as possible by passing on, swapping, sharing or donating things they no longer use.

Fans can be the proud new owners of the clothing worn by their idols by bidding in the charity eBay auctions. The celebrity items currently on eBay are:

  • Sam Heughan’s black pin stripe Aquascutum suit jacket, white Ralph Lauren wool jumper and Black Volley deck shoes
  • Twin Atlantic singer Barry McKenna’s Blue Usifor shirt jacket
  • Eve’s Wildfox tank top in grey
  • Stevie Jackson’s brown suede suit worn in two Belle & Sebastian videos
  • Ross McNae from Twin Atlantic’s black and white striped Yves Saint Laurent t-shirt and Penguin navy & red jacket
  • 60 Minute Makeover star John Amabile’s black Armani leather jacket

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Fans have a chance to own great re-usable fashion previously worn by their idols, while supporting not one but two great causes – Pass it on Week and the celebrities’ chosen charity.

“Every year in Scotland, many potentially re-usable items are thrown away, including approximately 5,000 tonnes of sofas, 9,700 washing machines and 2,100 tonnes of T-shirts. Scotland already re-uses some products that are otherwise disposed of – with an extremely significant benefit to Scotland’s economy and environment as a result.”

The clothes, passed on by the celebrities, will be on display at the Scottish Resources Conference held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 5-6 October 2016, with the winning bids announced at the Scottish Resources Awards when the auctions close at 7pm on Thursday, 6 October 2016.

The average household in Scotland has £4,000 worth of clothes – 30% of which have been unworn for at least a year – yet each household continues to spend an average of £1,700 every year on new clothes. If everyone in Scotland wore their clothes just three months longer – our carbon, water and waste footprints would be reduced by 5-10%. 

Notes For Editors

  • Images of the celebrities with their donated items are available on request and here are links to the Belle & Sebastian videos featuring Steve Jackson in his donated suit Jonathan David and Step into my office baby
  • Link to the auctions: http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/zerowastescotland
  • The auctions will go live at 7pm on 29 September 2016 – the link will work then
  • Please see each auction links for details of each celebrities’ chosen charity
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.
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