I recently MC’d a fashion show that was all about clothes made from waste materials. It was a fascinating display of what can be done if you are willing to re-use and recycle.
The show was called Wear Not Waste and it was presented by Under Croydon as part of the Croydon Fashion Festival.
Other dresses took their inspiration from the rain forests or our obsession with plastic surgery.
The head designer this year was Master Furse whose clever creations can be seen each weekend at Spitalfields market.
Over a million tonnes of clothes end up in UK dustbins every year – most of these could be re-used by donating them to hostels or charity shops, or they could be revamped as was so beautifully demonstrated at the fashion show in Croydon or they could be recycled and turned into cleaning cloths and other items.
So, before you throw that old jacket out, take a moment to think if the dustbin really is the right place for it. Or better still – before you buy yet another new fashion piece, ask yourself if you might have something even better just waiting, in your wardrobe, for that second chance to shine.
Remember – “new” is just so yesterday – and yesterday with trimmings is just so “right now”.