Love your clothes
Free Sewing Workshops
Residents of Havering are being offered a choice of two free sewing workshops to learn how to repair and alter their clothes using some simple sewing techniques.
Book a sewing workshop
Booking is essential for these workshops as spaces are very limited. Love your wardrobe, love a fresh look, love to share!
You can download a Love Your Clothes leaflet - 'A guide to making the most of your clothes'. This leaflet includes more details on the tips above plus some extra information on Love Your Clothes.
By following some of the tips from this campaign and reducing the amount of textiles ending up in the general waste stream, you will be helping the environment, saving money while also enhancing your own wardrobe, your friends/family members' wardrobes, or contributing towards a charitable cause by donating.
For more details on the activities mentioned here, plus lots of other helpful tips, and general information on the Love Your Clothes campaign visit the Love Your Clothes website.
Become a Love Your Clothes Leader
Swishing parties are a great way for you to swap clothes between your friends and family whilst having lots of fun at the same time. For some handy tips on how to run a swishing party, download our Swishing Party Pack.
There are many ways to make the most of our clothes, and if we decide that we no longer need an item of clothing or it is ruined somehow then there are several easy ways to recycle our clothes without ever needing to put them in the general waste. That includes socks with holes and stained babygros - absolutely any item of clothing/textiles can be recycled.
We need volunteer Love Your Clothes Leaders to inspire the community to make the most of their clothes or to recycle them. So whether you can just spread the word at work, school or amongst your local community, teach members of a group you belong to or family members and friends some basic sewing techniques, organise a community swishing event or run your very own swishing parties then we would love to hear from you and add you to a network of Love Your Clothes Leaders.
As a Love Your Clothes Leader you will get the Havering Recycling team's full support with updates, campaign developments and forthcoming event details sent directly to you as well as invites to LYC Leader meetings. You will also earn an extra 1200 green points from London Green Points for carrying out support activities (terms and conditions apply). If you have not yet registered for London Green Points - Havering you can activate online or call 020 7326 5055.
Love Your Clothes Leaders will not only be helping the community to reduce the amount of money spent on new clothes, but they will also be helping the environment by reducing the amount of textiles going in to the general waste stream in Havering as well as providing invaluable feedback to the Recycling team.
Love your clothes campaign
The Love Your Clothes campaign is a National campaign which aims to raise awareness of the value of clothes and help us make the most of the clothes we already have, prolonging the life of them. At present £140million worth of clothing ends up in landfill every year which is over 30% of all the clothing we get rid of.
The Havering Recycling team are supporting this campaign by encouraging people to think about the way they purchase, use and dispose of clothes.
There are various tips and activities which you can easily do at home to help make the most of your clothes. These include:
Organising your wardrobe and smart shopping
Checking the clothes you already have before you buy any more. Approximately 30% of the clothes in our wardrobes haven't been worn in the last year. Buying quality products over throw away items.
- laundry tips - including stain removing, washing and drying
- working your wardrobe to get the most from your clothes - customising, altering, repairing, refreshing the look or upcycling using clothes
- Recycle, sell, swap/swish, donate your clothe - all the different ways to pass on clothes instead of throwing them away