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MSP visits new Hamilton Centre R:evolve Recycle Shop


R:evolve Recycle has been working hard to provide an

alternative to the wasteful high street shopping model

since 2015. Rather than people throwing away their

clothing they encourage swapping and sharing instead.

Christina McKelvie, local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall

and Stonehouse, visited the new R:evolve premises

at the heart of Hamilton Town Centre at 91 Quarry



Anyone can drop in to the store and swap old clothing

to earn points which they can use in exchange for a

whole range of clothing including: shirts, jumpers,

trousers, gym clothes, shoes and much more!


There are also repair and up-cycling workshops run

from the store, training members in the use of skills

which will extend the lifetime of their clothing. R:evolve

aims to re-use all the textiles that come through the

store by turning them into something spectacular or at

the very least, practical!


Speaking after the visit Christina said: “The work done

by R:evolve in tackling the culture of waste which we

see across society is absolutely vital. More than 2

tonnes of clothes are processed every month across

their stores which would otherwise be heading straight

to the landfill. The quality of the clothing was absolutely

tremendous and I am looking forward to using the

points I have earned from trading in my old scarf on

something new!”


Commenting, Anne-marie Clements, R:evolve’s

volunteer development officer, said: “We in R:evolve

are looking to bring back good old-fashioned ideas like

swapping, sharing, giving and caring. We believe that

we need to think differently about how we do things to

protect our environment by reducing consumption,

landfill waste and our carbon footprint.


“We all love fashion, but the fashion industry is one of

the world’s largest largest pollutants! Why not come

along to our store and you can help save our                                       JUST MY COLOUR... Christina eyes up a "new" dress

environment while getting yourself some great new

clothes in the process?”

Christina McKelvie gets her eye on a dre
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