Recycle for Lewisham

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Free clothes anyone? You’re invited!

It’s crazy to think that 20,000 litres of water is needed to produce one pair of jeans and a t-shirt. And it’s just as crazy to think one million tonnes of textiles are thrown out by consumers every year. Swapping your clothes and accessories with friends is a fun and easy way to make sure your wardrobe looks fresh but also ensures that your pre-loved clothes are being loved again.

Come along and swish, its easy!

Come along and swish, its easy!

Lewisham Council has teamed up with MA students studying at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University as well as Greening Goldsmiths to put on a party to celebrate the importance of textiles.

The Swishing Party invites you to come along with your pre-loved clothes and swap them for something from our range of clothing – free! Bring a friend!

Friday, 13th of March

11am – 3pm

The Stretch Bar

Goldsmiths University


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Vintage reuse garments prove a hit at ‘Fashion Late’

The KFC Red dress was exhibited on the Lewisham stand. Made to raise awareness of litter, Lesoco students used old kfc packaging to create this one off.

The KFC Red dress was exhibited on the Lewisham stand. Made to raise awareness of litter, Lesoco students used old kfc packaging to create this one off.

If you ever thought that the world of textile recycle and reuse is unglamorous- its time to think again. Last Friday, the recycling team showcased a selection of vintage garments which had all been salvaged from textile bins sited across the borough at the ‘Fashion Late’ event in the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill SE23. The event, at the start of Forest Hill Fashion week, featured catwalk shows, talks, makeovers and a fashion market where the Lewisham stall displayed its reused vintage chic!

Lewisham does fashion- the stand exhibiting clothes sent for reuse.

Lewisham does fashion- the stand exhibiting clothes sent for reuse.

Fashionista’s from across the borough saw up close the type of garments which people send for reuse. Items of clothing placed into the textile bins are sorted by the new contractor- LMB at their East London warehouse where they are distributed across the UK and beyond for Reuse. Details of where Lewisham textile bins are located can be found here:  https://recycleforlewisham.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/swishing-event-invite2.jpg

Fashion Late was a well attended event.

Fashion Late was a well attended event.

The reception for the stand was very positive but unfortunately despite a high number of requests, no one was able to buy on the day. The items are being saved for our ‘Big Swish’ event being held this Friday 27th September in Lewisham Shopping Centre. If you want to take part and have an item of clothing that is in good condition, please bring along, washed and ironed, between 10am and 4pm and you can get an item of clothing that is ‘new to you’.


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A bit of London Fashion Week comes to Lewisham

Once the media have finished clambering for stories associated with London Fashion week, they’ll turning their attention to the next big event in the fashion calendar. That will be the Big Swish Event that will be taking place in Lewisham Shopping Centre a week later.

Already the event is generating a great deal of interest and momentum with lots of people contacting the recycling team to ask about when it all starts and what kind of clothes to bring along to swish with. Several bags of quality clothing have already been collected and this week, so Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services came to our offices to give us a hand in sorting some of them out.

Councillor Susan Wise helps with sorting clothes for the swishing event.

Councillor Susan Wise helps with sorting clothes for the swishing event.

On the day of the event, we are planning on having a selection of children’s, men’s and women’s clothing to swish with. Anybody can take part in the event, you simply need to turn up with an item of clothing that you no longer want or need or that’s been sitting in the wardrobe for some time. Just bring this along and then simply choose another item as a replacement – and voilà! you have swished. Couldn’t be easier

The event is being staged to raise the profile of textile recycling, and whilst we collect textiles in the recycling bins, we would prefer residents to use our textile banks where there would a better chance of keeping the quality of the item intact. Residents can also choose to take textiles to charity shops if they wish.

The event will be taking place at the site of the old Ponti’s restaurant in the shopping centre between 10am and 4pm on the 27th September. 10 other local authorities have also been invited as they were part of the huge tendering exercise that Lewisham Council led on that saw all the authorities getting a much better price for all the textiles collected. Heidi Alexander MP will also be lending her support to the event and will be popping in around 12.30pm. Details of where all our banks are located can be found below.

Find a bank near you and drop off your textiles.

Find a bank near you and drop off your textiles.

Please come along with clothes that you would like to swish with and enjoy the fun day out.