Tomorrow (today if you’re reading this on the email feed) marks the first day of #SECONDHANDFIRST Week, 17-23 November 2014.
The week aims to encourage people to commit to sourcing more clothing and other resources second hand. It’s organised by TRAID, the charity doing tireless work to ensure sustainable and ethical practices in the clothing chain. It’s hoped that this will become an annual event.
Here in Bath, the Big Mend is delighted to be acting as a partner organisation, and we’ve arranged one of our Flash Mend events* in Bath Central Library on Monday 17th November. We’d love it if you’d join us any time from 1-4pm with some hand-held mending: darning would be ideal as we’ll be hoping to quietly impart mending skills to passing library users. If you’re in Bath and would like a quick darning lesson, come down and say hello, pick up a darning mushroom and try out some stitches with us.
Here are ways you can support the week:
- Take the pledge online to source a certain percentage of your wardrobe secondhand. I took the pledge back in April, and promised to source an ambitious 95% of my wardrobe second hand – that basically means I buy socks, underwear and shoes new, everything else is secondhand and repaired.
- Join in one of the special events (ours is just one of many – the brilliant Tom of Holland will be darning in one of TRAID’s London shops)
- Wear something second hand this week
- take a picture of your favourite second hand find and post it on social media using the hashtag #secondhandfirstweek
*Mass mending events in public places