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Fashion Forever NI

      

We want to raise awareness of the growing issue of clothing and textile waste. Fashion should not cost the earth.

Did you know that:

  • Across the UK, including Northern Ireland, we throw away 1,000,000 tonnes of textile waste each year with 300,000 tonnes ending up in landfills.
  • We buy more clothes than any other EU country. 
  • We have 5 times more clothes than our grandparents. 
  • “Fast Fashion” has a negative effect on our environment creating carbon emissions, water, chemical and plastic pollution.

We want you to stop putting unwanted clothes in the bin and start thinking about how you can: 

Fashion Forever Key Message

Fashion Forever Festival at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast

In 2024, Fashion Forever hosted a significant day event at 2 Royal Ave, Belfast City Centre, focusing on the themes of Reuse, Repair, and Reimagine in the fashion and textiles sector. The event featured a variety of engaging activities including communal sewing, preloved clothing stalls, and workshops on clothing repair and reimagination. Additionally, there were informative talks and demonstrations aimed at promoting sustainable practices in textiles.

The festival attracted numerous partners and contributors, enhancing accessibility to sustainable textile solutions. Key figures included Siobhan Purnell, Fashion Forever's Tackling Textiles Coordinator, who offered welcome addresses and shared tips through her "Let’s Talk Fashion" presentations.

Contributors showcased a range of skills and knowledge:

  • NI Resources Network and Belfast Met emphasised reuse and repair, with students displaying their upcycled fashion projects.
  • Ulster Folk Museum provided demonstrations of traditional textile crafts.
  • Tools for Solidarity and Fiddlesticks Fabric held workshops on creative garment mending.
  • Make it Fab, St Vincent De Paul, and Colour and Cloth organised various workshops on textile waste and upcycling techniques.
  • Individual contributors like Angeline Murphy and Sally’s Vintage shared personal insights and showcased their collections.
  • Belfast City Council and Repair Café Antrim and Newtownabbey highlighted community initiatives to manage textile waste effectively.

Overall, the event was a comprehensive celebration of sustainable fashion, demonstrating practical ways to reimagine the lifecycle of textiles and garments.

 

Further information

For inspiration go to our Instagram page @fashionforeverni

For advice and top tips, please check out www.loveyourclothes.org.uk.


*Information from the UK Parliament 2019 report – Fixing Fashion, clothing consumption and sustainability

This project is funded by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Tackling Textiles team and Eco-Schools NI.