Update your winter wardrobe for free

ENVIRONMENTALLY savvy shoppers will have the chance to change their winter wardrobe without spending a penny this week.

The City of Edinburgh Council is holding a free clothes swap shop at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this Thursday (November 22) as part of a drive to encourage people to re-use.

Visitors will enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles while they exchange the unwanted clothes they have brought to the event.

Edinburgh Remade, a community-led initiative which gives advice about re-using and repairing household goods, will be demonstrating easy ways to personalise clothes.

The Impact Arts project will have designs from its EcoChic range on display, while Waste Aware staff will be giving out information about reducing, re-using and recycling.

The event is being run as part of European Week for Waste Reduction (17 - 25 November).

Councillor Jim Orr, Vice Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee, said: "Around one third of the clothes we buy are thrown out with the rubbish each year, much of which is in good condition. This is clearly a waste of resources and harmful to the environment, as these goods are ending up dumped on landfill sites.

"I regularly shop in charity stores and would encourage everyone to try them out. Well-made clothes can last for many years, so even if you don't want them any more, then it is likely that someone else could make use of them.

"Plus, by using charity shops, you also give money to good causes."

The clothes swap event is on Thursday from 6-8pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh.

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