A COLLECTION of trashy outfits hit the catwalk in Stroud.
The Transition Stroud textile group put on a ‘trashion show’, showcasing mended and upcycled clothes and garments made from rubbish.
Clare Sheridan, who co-ordinates the group, said: “We want to teach people how to alter and mend their clothes, and also to make them more individual and more fun.
“The Trashion Show showcased some of the clothes that we have mended and embellished along with some garments made from what other people may consider trash but that we see as potential and a resource.”
Cllr Simon Pickering, chair of the SDC environment committee compered the show and shared some statistics about clothing habits.
He said: “A predicted 235 million items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill each year.
“It is also estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year.
“As a whole in the UK, the average lifetime for a garment of clothing is estimated as 2.2 years.
“But the citizens of Stroud District, that’s you guys, are the best of the best in England when it comes to dealing with their waste.
“On average we send just 258 kg per person to landfill and now the incinerator each year.
“Less than any other council area in England and 200Kg less that the average for Gloucestershire, winning the council a national recycling award.”
An alterations and creative upcycling workshop is taking place at Share and Repair Stonehouse, on the High Street, on November 22 from 2-4pm where advice will be given on how to make clothes more wearable and last longer.
For further information about the textile group see: transitionstroud.org