Old clothes recycled into high fashion in Lewes

LEWES District Council has been working with TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development), the UK’s leading charity dedicated to clothes reuse and recycling.

In 2010 TRAID textile recycling banks in the Lewes District diverted 43.19 tonnes of unwanted clothes from landfill, and reduced carbon emissions (C02e) by 604.69 tonnes.

TRAID avoids 13.74 tonnes of C02e for every tonne of textiles it collects. This figure accounts for all the greenhouse gasses emitted by textiles and includes the impact of reuse, recycling and landfill textiles.

Collections of textiles are picked up throughout the Lewes District from various TRAID textile banks, as well as using the council’s kerbside recycling scheme.

It is easy to become a part of this project. All you need is a textile collection bag which can be ordered from the Customer Services department at customer.services@lewes.gov.uk

TRAID has a high reuse rate for its textiles, currently around 70 per cent. Many fashion businesses are choosing to incorporate recycled fibres, fabrics or clothes in their collections. With fashion design taking off in the recycled clothes market, TRAID textile collections offers a positive impact on the environment as well as feeding into leading fashion trends.

If you would like to take part in the kerbside collection scheme visit www.lewes.gov.uk/waste/13734.asp or contact Julia Black on 01273 488937.