Our climate is in crisis, yet our society is so wasteful, especially the production of garments has become one of the world largest polluters.
The Waste reduction strand of the Abergreen project aims to promote a circular economy for items, reducing the amount of things we have to send to landfill and Teaching skills to upcycle/ repair and reuse items.
We will be using our CCF funding to improve the infrastructure and operation of the SwapShop, increasing its popularity and reach, and to run upcycling workshops. Whether you’d like to help out at the SwapShop or help run a sewing class, why not get involved!
We will be hosting six Upcycling workshops each term, where we shall teach sewing and other skills on how to give items a second life. We shall make use of items which come into the SwapShop.These events aim to be fun and educational, for some we may team up with organisations or societies who are making a difference by tackling climate change. If would like to help out run some of these events, do not hesitate to get in touch.
CALL TO COME GET INVOLVED
Learn - Grow - Have Fun!
Zero waste hero
Life savers needed, could you help to give hundreds of unswappable SwapShop donations a second life? We are looking for two volunteers to manage and increase the social media presence of Abergreen Sewing/ upcycling classes by writing posts, taking photos and being filmed for short informational clips with upcycling and sewing tips. This role has the universities’ Silver Star Award accreditation.
If you are interested or have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch:
Here are some tips on how you can reduce your amount of waste:
- Reduce: We are prone to buying more than we need, think if you really need something before buying it, how much would it be used or could you borrow it from a friend. When shopping avoid excess packaging, and use a reusable bag. Use refillable bottles, on the go coffee cups and Tupperware.
- Reuse: Try Shopping in charity shops or using the SwapShop rather than buying new items, saving money and the environment. Before throwing something out think if someone else could want it, could it be donated, could it be fixed or used for something else?
- Recycle: If you can’t reuse something recycle it where possible, recycling in Aberdeen covers Food, Paper, some plastics and metals and glass. Check out recycle points for electrical waste and textiles, and recycle batteries at the library or in some stores.