Guildford College teams up with Zero Carbon Guildford to teach residents to upcycle clothes

Guildford College partners with Zero Carbon Guildford to teach residents how to recycle clothes – FE News

Guildford College has partnered with the Zero Carbon Guildford charity to teach residents how to upcycle their old clothes and make new items from old clothes they no longer want.

As part of a new community learning project, clothing recycling workshops will be held from the ZERO store, throughout the summer.

Community members who visit the center’s food bank, community cafe and refill center will be able to join Meredyth, Community Learning Facilitator at ZERO, and learn the skills to recycle their clothes and prevent clothes from end up in landfills.

The response to this new project has been very positive and several people have promised to come back next week with their new, revamped clothes for a show and talk about their new skills.

The workshops are open to anyone visiting the store on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays throughout the day to meet Meredyth and the ZERO team to find out how they can make a difference in reducing waste and learn new green skills .

Laura Ashbridge, Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development at Activate Learning, said:

“The partnership between Guildford College and Zero Carbon Guildford offers residents the opportunity to learn new skills, essential to help reduce waste, by upcycling clothes and making exciting new products from items that would otherwise have been thrown away.

“This is one of many initiatives offered by Guildford College, ensuring that we serve our local community by bringing community learning and skills development to the heart of Guildford.

“We look forward to launching new initiatives with other groups and charities and are looking for other interested groups to connect with ideas to increase our reach in the region.”

Steph Bleach, General Volunteer, at Zero Carbon Guildford, said:

“ZERO is a community climate space in central Guildford that highlights local solutions to reduce our personal impact on the planet.

“Along with our zero-waste store, our community refrigerator, our energy and biodiversity spaces – and our soon-to-open Library of Things – we are keen to promote a circular economy. It is a production and consumption model that involves sharing, renting, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products, rather than buying new ones.

“That’s why the upcycling workshops run by Activate Learning at ZERO fit so well with our charitable goals. Together, we can promote behavioral changes that say goodbye to this throwaway culture and hello to a restorative and regenerative future.

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