Re-use and recycling

Ealing Repair Cafe teaches and encourages the mending of clothes and textiles. We want to help create a circular economy for clothes and a move away from fast disposable fashion. We run monthly gatherings around Ealing, giving suggestions and showing samples of repairs done by our community.

At sessions we help by providing sewing equipment, threads, fabric for patches and offering advice on how to mend by sewing, embroidery, visible mending, patching, boro and sashiko stitching.

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Community RePaint is a UK wide paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux, that aims to collect the leftover paint and redistribute it to benefit individuals, families, communities and charities in need at an affordable cost across the UK. The network is made up of over 65 schemes and in 2019 redistributed over 365,988 litres of paint.

The network hosts a scheme at the Greenford Reuse and Recycling Centre, managed by Ealing Council. The scheme has been operating at the recycling centre since 1993, and over the past ten years has saved 16,632 litres of paint from going to waste in the borough – this equates to 44,906kg equivalent of CO2 saved.

For more information, click here to visit their website. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Reduce and Recycle Hub at Acton Market: Action West London set up the Reduce and Recycle hub at Acton Market with lottery funding. At the hub they encourage Acton residents to think about what they consume, and start using and wearing items for longer, reduce how much they waste, reuse items more and when they no longer need them, recycle them. At the monthly Reduce and Recycle hubs lots of great organisations and businesses gather and help people to reduce, reuse and recycle. The Reduce and Recycle hub usually runs on the first Saturday of the month alongside Acton Saturday MarketW3 on the Mount in Acton, Outside of Morrisons. Sadly, the issue with waste is both local and global with:

· Plastic pollution creating massive islands in the sea and causing damage to wildlife and nature, so the less plastic we use the better for us and the planet.

· Electronic waste is a huge issue in the UK. A new study has revealed the countries that produce the most e-waste, with the UK ranking second to Norway. The more we can repair the less we need to buy.

· Fashion and clothes – the fashion industry is responsible for 8-10% of global emissions contributing  to climate change, with UK shoppers buying more clothes than any other country in Europe. So the more clothes we repair and use for longer the less we need to buy.

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