Fashion, but not as we know it…Wastebuster’s Eco-Aliens Fashion Show Success


On Wednesday 20 May, pupils from Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary modelled their own customised creations made from unwanted textiles donated from the local community of Camden, with the support of student and corporate volunteers recruited from the University of the Arts London (UAL), Pinewood Film Studios and H&M.

The event celebrated the success of The Wastebuster Corporate Volunteer Programme pilot, which supported staff from 8 London businesses (H&M, UAL, EDF Energy, SITA, Hogan Lovells, DHL, and STEMNET) to roll up their sleeves and do some amazing things in their local London primary schools.

In the UK more than 30% of our unwanted clothing currently goes to landfill, when it could be given a new lease of life. The project was designed to mobilise corporate volunteers to support textile recycling and up-cycling projects in schools and local communities. Volunteers helped schools to reduce textiles waste and raise funds for schools and charitable causes.

Lorraine Dolan, Headteacher said: “This was an amazing project for our school to be involved with. The children were buzzing with creativity and excitement; they truly experienced how unwanted materials can be transformed. Supported by enthusiastic specialists they were able to bring their creations alive and parade them down the catwalk to a captivated audience. I anticipate that our children will be raiding the charity shop bags at home to make their own couture outfits.”

Katy Newnham, Executive Director at Wastebuster said: “It is incredible how much difference volunteers can make in a school, to inspire young people to see things differently. This textiles project not only helps schools enrich the curriculum, reduce textiles waste and fundraise for their school via recycling, it highlights the importance of a sustainable future for textiles, it fosters creativity and encourages children to make conscious decisions about fashion.”

The show aimed to show how  second-hand clothes can be mended and adapted to create wearable items and offers a great idea  for how other schools might boost their collections and inspire children to repair, recycle and rethink their wardrobes.

Wastebuster offers a number of textiles collection schemes for schools to fundraise plus additional ideas and top tips for boosting collections, more information on this can be found on the Wastebuster Recycling Rewards pages (http://www.wastebuster.co.uk/recycling-schemes)  or call the team on 01483 893550.

If you would like to see some more pictures from the Eco-Aliens Fashion Show, please click here.