Recycle Devon are launching Buy Less, Wear More targeted at women 25-45 years old with a focus on textiles, the campaign runs until 31st October. The aim is to promote the importance of reducing the amount of textiles that are thrown away each year. This is a key area to tackle as textiles as they make up 5% of the general black bin contents as per the 2017 residual waste survey.

Increasingly there is an awareness of the environmental impact of clothing and there are lots of things that can be done to reduce this impact. In 2019, UK shoppers spent an estimated 2.7 billion on clothes they wore only once. The majority of our Devon councils collect textiles for recycling but still too much ends up in the bin and heads to the energy from waste plant, this resource could be used to support the work of local charities.

This campaign will be help people learn new skills, such as simple repairs, use their creativity, repurpose textiles and make sure any that are no longer needed are disposed of in a responsible way.  Devon residents can get involved and take a pledge with the chance of winning one of 10 Duronic clothing de – bobblers, they will then be directed to find out more information on the topic that they are most interested in.

The pledges:

 •Wear it – I pledge to save money and use these inspiring ways to create a fresh look from clothes that I already have

•Repair it – I pledge to keep my clothes looking great for longer with these simple tips and tricks

•Donate it – I pledge to swap, donate or even sell my clothes to pass on the love for any unwanted items  

•Repurpose it – I pledge to make reusable kitchen roll, make-up wipes and much more from unwanted clothing and fabric

The pledges are all online and it’s a simple process to enter. Once the person has selected their pledge they can then access some of the resources available such as tutorials on how to turn unwanted textiles into reusable kitchen roll or face cloths or view a video on how to make simple sewing repairs.

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