Glasgow MSP finds the future is in the old ways
Glasgow MSP James Kelly is calling on
the people of Rutherglen and beyond to
become greener and make a positive
impact on climate change following his
visit to the town’s R:evolve Recycle store.
James already knew about and supported
the work of LEAP, but with climate
change being so high on people’s
agendas just now, he wanted to find out
more about the sustainable fashion ethos
of R:evolve Recycle’s projects.
James was given the grand tour by
volunteer couple Eileen and John
McCormack, who have been involved
with R:evolve for more than three years,
and Dawn Anderson, who is now a
friend of the couple after meeting them
through volunteering at R:evolve.
They described the shops’ clothes
swapping process and membership,
which James signed up for immediately,
and talked about how people being
referred to the projects clothing bank
are also encouraged to become
Eileen said: “People are being referred to
our clothing bank because they cannot
afford new clothes. While we’re more
than happy to help them out, we also
want to instill in them the ethos of
recycling, and give them some points to
start the swapping process in store.
“They can then also swap their clothes in
the future, giving them access to a wider
wardrobe than they would usually have.”
James also heard about the workshops
and R:evolve’s aim to re-establish a I'M A MEMBER NOW ... James signs up as a member of R:evolve Recycle
culture of sharing, repairing and caring for
our clothing and textiles, and also the social benefits of people getting together to do a craft or textile class in a community setting.
Dawn Anderson said: “It is vitally important we keep getting people to think sustainably about fashion. Last year R:evolve stopped almost 19 tonnes of clothes going to landfill.
“That’s just for part of South Lanarkshire. Think how much that means we’re wasting across Scotland, and how much CO2 pollution that relates to.
“I’m glad James is so interested in the project and I hope he can help spread the word wider.”
James Kelly said: “There is somewhat of a throwaway culture these days when it comes to clothing and it is important to recognise the impact this has on the environment.
“When I was growing up, it was normal to share and repair clothing instead of just replacing the old for the new – especially being part of a big family. It is excellent that the staff and volunteers at R:evolve are bringing that back.
“It is great to see them encouraging people to buy and dispose of their clothes in a way which keeps sustainability in mind.”