Unique recycle scheme wins Climate Challenge Fund award
R:evolve Recycle clothing shops praised for linking climate change to clothing choices
The LEAP Project’s R:evolve Recycle clothing shops have won this year’s Climate Challenge Fund Award for reducing waste.
They picked up the award at a ceremony which took place in Perth Concert Hall on 12 December, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The shops’ unique recycling ethos was praised by the judges for reducing carbon emissions due to clothing and textile waste, and for “seamlessly linked clothing choices to carbon emissions and climate change”.
The judges were also impressed by the range of activities undertaken at the shops, including swap shop boutiques, repair and upcycling workshops and an education programme for young people.
Wendy Russell, R:evolve Recycle’s Sustainability Development Manager, said: “We are really proud to have won this award as it reflects perfectly what we are trying to do at R:evolve Recycle.
“We help tackle climate change bringing back a 'make-do-and-mend' culture – something more commonly found within the older generation.
“We also want to make swapping, sharing and upcycling a natural part of high streets in South Lanarkshire.”
All of these efforts have seen R:evolve Recycle save the equivalent of almost 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions through the amount of clothes it recycled last year alone.
Wendy added: “Sustainability is key to our thinking. For instance, one pair of denims will use almost 4,000 litres of water during its life – from growing cotton to washing.
“So the more we can do to extend the life of clothes will have a positive impact on the planet’s resources, and reduces the impact of climate change.
“This award is confirmation that we are making a positive impact, and including climate change as part of people’s decision-making when it comes to choosing new clothes.”
And, at the ceremony, volunteer development officer Anne-Marie Clements dedicated the award to the small army of volunteers whose commitment and support make all this possible.
To find out more about R:evolve Recycle, or about volunteering, visit any of our shops in Cambuslang, Hamilton or Rutherglen, call 0141 6415169 or visit www.revolve-recycle.co.uk.