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Give your wardrobe a new lease of life this Easter

Scots urged to spring into action and spruce up their wardrobes.

2 Apr 15

Easter is a time a renewal so Zero Waste Scotland is urging Scots to give their clothes and accessories a make-over, with hints and tips on how to upcycle, repair and revamp their wardrobes.

The contents of the average household wardrobe are worth around £4,000 or more, yet 30 percent of clothing has been unused for at least a year, most commonly because it doesn’t fit anymore.

Love Your Clothes, which is delivered in Scotland by Zero Waste Scotland, is offering advice on how to value clothes more and waste less, including:

  • Old summer favourites that have been put to the back of the wardrobe for winter can be restored or revitalised with a quick nip and tuck to return to their former glory.  
  • Have a look in your wardrobe to see what can be taken out and stored until winter.  You’ll create more space and be able to review your clothes better.
  • Learn some new upcycling or repair skills, such as how to sew on a button or tailor your clothing.
  • Hold a swap shop with friends or colleagues – you can pass on anything you’ve gone off or which doesn’t fit, and pick up something new in return.
  • Renting outfits is another way to feel like you’re buying new, but with less environmental impact.  If you have a special occasion coming up, perhaps you could look into renting an outfit. 

Lynn Wilson, Love Your Clothes said:

“As a nation we have a staggering £30 billion worth of clothes, and we bin clothing which is still worth £140 million – this is a huge waste of valuable resources, but the good news is that there’s plenty we can do to give our clothes a longer life and help reduce our impact on the environment.

“Easter is a great time for a clear out and to get our wardrobes ready for the warmer summer months, but whether you’re an accomplished stitcher or a needle novice, there’s lots you can do to give your clothes a new lease of life.  The Love Your Clothes website is full of hints and tips on how to look after your clothes, repair, upcycle and what to do with clothes that have reached the end of their life.”

Clothes which are no longer fit to wear can be diverted from landfill by donating them to a charity or re-use shop.  

Revolve is Scotland’s national quality standard for re-use stores.  The mark is awarded to stores that meet the highest standard to make the experience of buying second hand as good as buying new.  All Revolve accredited stores are committed to good value, quality items and excellent customer service, so customers can be confident in what they’re buying.

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