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Textile treasures for National Recycling Week

Textile treasures for National Recycling Week 

Thursday, November 02, 2023

The City of Whittlesea will be hosting three free recycling events to mark National Recycling Week and to help residents repurpose old textiles into beautiful and useful new items.  

National Recycling Week celebrates the positive impact recycling has on our environment and economy and takes place from 13 to 19 November 2023.  

City of Whittlesea Acting Chair Administrator, Peita Duncan, encouraged people to get involved in these free events. 

“Currently 85 per cent of all textiles go to landfill each year. We’re encouraging people to think about reusing and repurposing textiles in a fun and creative way. Not only will you help reduce the amount of waste that is destined for landfill, you will also come away with something beautiful to keep,” Peita said.  

“Council is committed to creating a sustainable environment and helping people see ways they can get involved and make a difference too. Recycling not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill but also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”    

Rag Roping 
Monday 13 November, 6pm-8pm, Lalor Library
Give old tees and fabric scraps a second life. In this workshop participants will create beautifully textured coasters or baskets from scrap fabric. 

Whimsical Waste Weaving 
Thursday 16 November, 10am-12noon, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a loom from items lying around the house, before trying various weaving techniques and knotting styles. Participants will also experiment with colour and texture, resulting in a beautiful, unique wall hanging to take home.   

Circular Fashion Market: Thrift, Stitch and Save  
Saturday 18 November, 9am-1pm, Painted Hills Community Pavilion, Doreen
This pre-loved clothing market offers a unique shopping experience that combines affordability, sustainability and style. Get a shopping fix while helping reduce the environmental effects of fast fashion. There will be plenty of activities for all, including sewing workshops, style workshops, face painting for the kids and much more. 

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