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24.3.16
Bangor Community racks up two tonnes of clothing for Love Your Clothes Challenge

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Bangor University students, staff and the wider community banded together to generously donate around two tonnes of unwanted clothing as part of ‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ – an event held by Love Your Clothes and Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab and Students’ Union, aimed at highlighting the environmental impacts of clothing going to waste.

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‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ took place last week and challenged the local community to dig deep by rummaging through their wardrobes and dropping off unwanted clothing to the Love Your Clothes pop-up shop in the Deiniol Shopping Centre. Roughly 220 bags of clothing were received from the public – completely smashing the ambitious one tonne target that was originally set.

One tonne of the mountain of clothing collected is to be donated to Age Cymru, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru and Antur Waunfawr who are supporters of the ‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ event. Around one tonne of clothing was swapped and distributed to the local community, finding new loving homes for previously unwanted clothing.

UK consumers buy around one million tonnes of clothing every year and get rid of roughly the same amount. Fifty per cent of those clothes are re-used but around 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill, despite all textiles and clothing being suitable for recycling and charity donation.


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Catrin Palfrey from Love Your Clothes, said:

We were thrilled to see so many people from the community come together to donate such a huge amount of clothing. The ‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ event was a first of its kind for Wales and was an opportunity for people to understand the true worth of clothing, either by learning to give them a new lease of life or choosing to buy clothes second hand.

“Prolonging the life of our clothing is the single biggest thing that can be done to reduce the amount of clothes going to landfill, so we encourage everyone to get repairing, upcycling or donating clothes to give them a second life.”

Dr Einir Young, Director of Sustainability at Bangor University explained:

Most people were quite shocked to see what a tonne of clothes looks like and surprised that we’d been able to collect two tonnes in such a short time. This demonstrates how many of us have unwanted and unloved clothes hiding in our wardrobes taking up valuable space. We hope that the experiences gained of repairing, upcycling, creating new garments out of old and swapping our own unloved items with others to give the clothes a new life and ourselves a cheaper new outfit, will catch on.

“It was fantastic to see how the University staff and students, the high street stores and the Bangor community rallied round to make this event a success. We hope that the partner charities and others will see a benefit as people develop new ways of dealing with their clothes.”

A highlight of the week saw clubs and societies from Bangor University’s Students’ Union compete to design and create outfits made entirely from used clothing and recycled materials. Entries were modelled on live mannequins and judged by Mayor of the City, Councillor Mrs. Evelyn Margaret Butler joined by Deputy Mayor Councillor Dewi Williams. First place was awarded to ‘Students for Treborth Action Group’ for their outfit made stylishly from compost and reusable supermarket bags.

The pop-up shop was also a creative hub for a range of free daily activities such as sewing and upcycling workshops to revamp tired clothes, along with repair demonstrations and masterclasses for items that are in need of some TLC.

More than 500 items found new homes in the clothes swap and swishing event, while families were entertained with an Easter treasure trail learning about local charities and how donations benefit their work. The diary of events aimed to help people learn new skills for prolonging the life of garments and getting the most out of their clothes.

For more information on the success of ‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ or tips and ideas on fixing, upcycling and caring for your clothes visit Love Your Clothes’s website.

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Staff and students volunteered their help for these events by joining our Sustainability Champions team.


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Age Cymru


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