Textile campaign

Sustainable Spring Fair at Rowton Hall, Chester, Saturday 21 March 2020

Visit the ‘Sustainable spring fair’ to find out about sustainable fashion and more.

Pop in to check out the sustainable fashion information stands, try out a mending, reuse or recycle focused workshop or listen to a speaker session. There are lots of activities to keep the children entertained too. If shopping is your thing then visit the stalls with gifts from local suppliers and grab a gift for Mother’s Day or Easter.

Book your ticket here and keep updated on our events on the day.

Fast fashion

We all love a bargain outfit, but increasingly we are buying more, buying cheap and then discarding after only a few wears. On average, our fast fashion items are used for less than a year before we dispose of them.

Did you know that synthetic textiles such as nylon and polyester also contribute to the global plastic problem as they produce small fragments of plastic known as microfibers?  These detach from our textiles in the wash and make their way into our water courses which can cause problems for wildlife that mistake them for food.

Also, the production of non-organic cotton requires massive amounts of water, pesticides and chemical dye which all impact on our environment.

Therefore, by choosing natural fibers instead of synthetic, you can help reduce the amount of plastic microfibers released into our environment.

Looking after your clothes

Did you know it an take up to 20,000 litres of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton?

That’s roughly the amount of cotton required to produce one T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

Consumers have a big role to play in reducing the environmental impacts of clothing. The clothing industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gases, waste and pollution, often coming with poor working conditions in other countries.

A few simple steps can lead you in the right direction:

  • Use your clothes for longer it is the best way to reduce their environmental impact.
  • Look for natural and hard wearing textiles with quality guarantees.
  • Invest in the classic ‘forever’ pieces to ensure you get the most from what you wear.

Attend a clothes swap or upcycle your old garments to give them a new lease of life.

Re purpose your old clothing

Around 30 per cent of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year. Creating new outfits from pre loved garments can not only save you money but give you a sense of style that nobody else can match.

Choosing to alter and upcycle clothes instead of throwing them away is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re looking for a fresh new look, save your money and the planet by visiting loveyourclothes.org.uk for a touch of inspiration and a helping hand.

Recycle First

In the most recent 2018 customer insight survey, Cheshire West and Chester Council found that only 34 per cent of residents recycle their textiles in the green box. This has reduced from 2015 when 45 per cent of textiles were recycled in the green box.  This is in line with national trends, as residents prefer to reuse, sell or donate clothing to charity.

In the report five per cent of our residents said that they put textiles in to the black bin as they were unsure if they could be recycled. Textiles and shoes do not need to be in perfect condition to be recycled in your green box. Find out what can be recycled.

Contents of west Cheshire black bins

Could have been recycled Not recycled
Food and garden waste 27.4% Miscellaneous 16.3%
Plastics 14.1% Fines and other waste 9.2%
Paper 13.2% Hazardous 0.4%
Textiles and shoes 7.4%
Card 4.2%
Glass 4.0%
Metals 2.7%
Electrical items 1.1%
Total 74.1%         Total 25.9%