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Christmas time, recycle this time!

Designer and environmental campaigner Dame Vivienne Westwood has  reminded people to think before they buy clothes. “Do you really need those clothes?” She insists that people should refrain from buying anything for at least six months. She offers tips on how to recycle clothes.

To hear such words of wisdom from a well-known designer emphasises the importance of materials in our lives. In an age where it is rare to find females/males who are able to sew, repair clothing or use a sewing machine this movement is exactly what we need. It would also encourage more interest in fashion and a revival of needlework crafts.

Westwood advises buying ‘classic’ long lasting clothing so that it can be repaired, revamped and recycled continuously. This is invaluable advice which we can all take forth into our lives.

So when buying outfits for Christmas day or New Years, stop and think. That LBD that you wore last year for the staff party, how can you make it look sexy, sleek and ‘new’ this year? Why not sew a red lace trimming around the edge, add vintage buttons or shorten the dress’ length. Accessorise with beads or a scarf that may be lurking at the back of your wardrobe.

Enter 2011 with a new attitude. Hold back the clothing budget until mid June or July and reuse, recycle and rejuvenate your existing wardrobe. Not only will you be helping yourself but you will be helping the environment. Satisfy yourself and let your creative juices flow! Who knows, you could be the next fashion icon.

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  1. emmaeagle
    December 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Hi,
    Thanks for this blog. I will try and stick to a six month no buy policy. Maybe even turn my hand to adapting my existing wardrobe.

  2. jean-philippe
    December 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Great move.

    I hope a lot of people are going to use bags instead of wrap paper – hard or impossible to recycle for their gifts.

    Merry Jesus Fest to you.

  3. emmaeagle
    January 6, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Well the New Year has started and so far stuck to my no buying policy. Yes it’s early days.

  1. January 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM

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