“Buy less, choose well, make it last” is designer Dame Vivienne Westwood’s message. With this mantra ringing in their ears, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is bringing the Sustainable Fashion Festival to St Barnabas Church on Mill Road on 17 November.
Clothing accounts for around 12% of global greenhouse emissions and is the world’s second largest industrial polluter. As clothing becomes cheaper, purchasing of fast fashion has increased but 30% of the clothing in our wardrobes is never worn. By choosing what we buy and wear with care, we can help to tackle climate crisis, environmental problems and exploitation of workers.
This Festival has a packed programme of events to help us towards a more eco-friendly wardrobe …..
….. a Pop Up Market and Fashion Show will include organic cotton lingerie and nightwear from AmaElla, socks which are guaranteed for 30 years from BuyMeOnce plus bags and accessories from Qhere who upcycle advertising banners and punctured bike tyre inner tubes into eco-friendly designs.
….. styling workshops with professional stylist Roberta Style Lee, founder of the Ethical Brand Directory. You need to pre-book these workshops via the website.
….. a panel discussion “Fashion the Future” with leaders from the sustainable fashion movement including the founders of AmaElla, BuyMeOnce, Petit Pli (who create ingeniously designed clothing that grows with your child) and Mamoq (a market place for sustainable, ethical clothing).
….. upcycling workshops so you can create a Christmas jumper. Just turn up with your own plain jumper and they’ll supply the bling!
….. a sewing themed Repair Cafe and Sewing Skillshare for repairs to clothes (best to book in advance to avoid a wait) or for one to one help with your sewing skills.
….. a women’s wear Clothes Swapping Party, so bring along a few bits of clothing with accessories and shoes too if you like.
Plus you can get creative at the Kettle’s Yard drop-in and refuel at the cafe which will serve homemade cakes from the Cambridge Ladybirds WI.
This is a brilliant free event for all Cambridge fashionistas and for anyone who cares about the huge negative impact that fast fashion has on the environment. Full details of the day are on the website.