As warm weather arrives and we transition into summer clothes, it’s a good time to think about the impact of clothing on the environment. With cheap new clothes readily available online, it’s tempting to update your wardrobe with the click of a button, but what impact does that have on the environment? According to research by Labfresh, each person in Britain throws away around 3.1 kilograms of textiles a year, and of that 1.7 kilograms of fashion waste per person goes to landfill. So it’s no surprise that, according to a recent YouGov survey, many 18-24 year olds are now starting to shun fast fashion for more eco-friendly, pre-loved clothes. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be talking to two independent businesses in Preston to promote sustainability and have fun with fashion by selling second-hand and vintage clothing.
“Fast fashion is responsible for a lot of our pollution, wasting water and contributing to landfill,” said Emma Rimmer, who helps organize Sustainability Saturdays at the Larder.
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The monthly event has been set up to inspire action, featuring a range of speakers including Philip Rainford, an orchard expert who will talk about tree varieties and growing your own fruit, the Wildlife Trust, the Bee Centre, Preston Beekeepers, the Hedgehog Sanctuary, an advocate for butterfly conservation as well as clothing swaps and second-hand clothing sales.
Aimee Johnson, who created A Right Old Rummage, will be selling vintage clothing and fabrics at the event. Aimee started collecting vintage clothes as a child, visiting flea markets, car boots and charity shops.
“As a child I loved to dress up, going from dirty jeans and wellies to wearing a dress and I’m still the same now, a fancy dress one day, and ripped jeans and a punk t-shirt the next. “
His collection of vintage clothing ranges from the 1940s to the 1980s.
“Clothes from the 40s and 50s can be quite fitted and the attention to detail is wonderful. Vintage clothes don’t fall apart like modern clothes. There is no need to buy new clothes, old ones clothes last forever and you don’t see everyone wearing it when you walk down the street.It’s more unique and it has a past, it has a story.
“More recently, I’ve gone from 1950s clothes to 1970s and 1980s clothes. I love the geometric shapes of 80s clothes. When I go out, I like to dress up, even if other people don’t don’t. Someone might say I’m overdressed and I’d say “no, you’re underdressed”. People are wondering what I’m going to wear next.
Aimee sells items ranging from £2 for a scarf up to £50 for jackets, in sizes 10-14. In addition to selling clothing, it also sells vintage fabrics, curtains, yards of fabric, upholstery, books and tableware.
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” I like challenges. When I go out I like to put together a set, put together an outfit with an item that costs 50p in a car boot and something else that costs a few pounds in a charity shop. I’m not afraid to mix up eras. I’ve always been versatile in my sense of style.
In addition to selling at Sustainability Saturdays, Aimee will sell her vintage clothes every Friday at The Larder and sell items from her Facebook page.
Emma, who helps organize Sustainability Saturdays, tells us that this week there will also be a medical herbalist attending the pantry, “Zoe Wild will be coming to make and sell herbal remedies and we We’ll also have Nicola and Helen making bee seed bombs.” friendly seeds and wildflower seeds to go.
Emma has previously staged fashion shows promoting pre-loved and upcycled clothing at charity shops and raising money for local homeless charities and soup kitchens. She hopes to work with UCLan students again in October, to organize another fashion show in Preston to promote sustainability as part of a week of activities at The Larder encouraging locals to reuse, repair , recycle and rethink, help each other to help the planet.
“So many items go to landfill every day,” Emma said. “If we can do something to prevent this from happening, we will. If any members of the public would like to see something happen as part of Sustainability Saturdays or would like to get involved and help out, please contact us.
The next Sustainability Saturday will take place at The Larder, Lancaster Road, Preston on Saturday 25e June from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Right Old Rummage will also be selling items at The Larder every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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