Teddy Bear Hospital welcomes worse-fur-wear fuzzy patients this Pass it On Week

World-famous toy store, Hamleys, is calling all ‘injured’ teddy bears and soft toys to come along for a mend-and-restore appointment at its Teddy Bear Hospital in Glasgow’s St. Enoch Centre, as part of Zero Waste Scotland’s forthcoming Pass it On Week celebrations.

17 Feb 16

Zero Waste Scotland will enlist the help of Hamleys’ teddy bear mascots, Hamley Bear and Hattie Bear, to help wee ones’ cuddly bears and stuffed animals to stay in use for longer this 5th and 6th March – and allow parents to do their bit to avoid waste and help the environment.

Andrew Pankhurst from Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We recently posted an update on our Recycle for Scotland Facebook page, which detailed the forthcoming Teddy Bear Hospital at Hamleys as part of Pass it On Week – which we launched a couple of weeks ago with Scottish supermodel and environmental campaigner, Eunice Olumide. We were amazed to see how enthusiastic people are about the prospect of breathing new life into their cuddly toys – within just a few hours, the post reached over 20,000 people and amassed over 400 likes and 200 shares!

“We’re therefore expecting queues right out the door of Hamleys and around the St. Enoch Centre this 5th and 6th March as kids and parents make sure the Teddy Bear Hospital gets their love-worn teds fighting fit again. Here, they’ll be able to get legs or eyes stitched back on, regain a healthy teddy-weight with some added stuffing – or maybe heal that war wound with a funky patch.

“Best of all, parents will be able to learn the skills needed to provide first aid to their kids’ teds, or indeed their own threads, in future!”

The St. Enoch Centre’s Pass it On Week event on the 5th and 6th March will include the Teddy Bear Hospital, demonstrations and workshops on 3D printing, lego swapping, jewellery making, sewing, repairing items and fashion shows – some of which will be hosted by Scottish celebrity designer, John Amabile.

John Amabile, Scottish TV presenter, interior design and upcycling expert, said:

“Pass it On Week is a really fun way to encourage people throughout the country to keep things in use for as long as possible by repairing, passing on, swapping, sharing or donating their damaged or unwanted goods.

“The really important message here is that if we keep things – such as teddy bears – in use for longer, we can vastly reduce our carbon footprint and therefore our impact on the environment.

“I’m really looking forward to hosting a series of upcycling and repair workshops at the St. Enoch Centre this 5th & 6th March and meeting as many new faces as possible!”

Supermodel Scot and environmental campaigner Eunice Olumide is also continuing her work as an ambassador for Pass it On Week this 5 – 13 March. She launched the countdown to the campaign at the beginning of February to encourage people in Scotland to arrange their own ‘swap shop’ style events.

Every year in Scotland, many potentially re-usable items are thrown away, including approximately 5,000 tonnes of sofas, 9,700 washing machines, 1,600 office desks, 6,300 tonnes of TVs 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. For example, Scotland re-uses 49% of all its T-shirts (14.9 million), generating £10 million in financial savings, sales and re-employment, and saving 25,600 tonnes in CO2 equivalent carbon emissions. And, although Scotland currently only re-uses 5% of all washing machines (11,000), this still results in £33,000 being generated through sales and employment, saving 1,000 tonnes in CO2 equivalent carbon emissions. This represents a strong argument for the whole country to be re-using more.

For more details as to how you can sign up to register your own Pass it On Week event this March, or to find out more details of events happening in your area, visit www.passitonweek.com.

Notes For Editors

For media enquiries, contact:

Sarah Stuart, PR Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
m: 07715 066461
e: sarah.stuart@zerowastescotland.org.uk  

  • For more information on the benefits of re-use to Scotland’s economy, visit the Zero Waste Scotland infographic http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/benefits-re-use-infographic
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