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Bangor University, in partnership with WRAP’s Love Your Clothes campaign, Age Cymru, British Heart Foundation and Antur Waunfawr, challenged students, staff and Bangor community to donate one tonne of unwanted clothes to ‘Love Your Clothes Bangor’ events held between 11-16 March in a city centre pop-up shop, highlighting the environmental impacts of clothing.
Events included sewing workshops, a family fun-day, a repair café in the Age Cymru shop, a ‘Live Mannequin’ competition open to University clubs, and lots of practical ways to upcycle clothing and accessories.
The two tonnes collected, 500 items swapped, and tonne donated to local charities, demonstrated the benefits of prolonging the life of clothing. A raft of material is now available for future projects and events.
Feedback was excellent: 55% rated the event 10/10, 25% said 9/10. 100% want to see it happen again and would recommend the SwapShop to family and friends.
1 Collaborations are extremely rewarding and insightful
2 Reuse is more than just waste prevention, it’s about social and economic benefit to people as well
3 Learning by doing in a social environment is much more effective than just telling people what to do.
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