University Centre Grimsby’s Corner Lounge played host to a special event for Freshers, Get Trashed, organised by the ENFUSE team at Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling clothing – Get Trashed.
The original Get Trashed launched with a car boot disco at Ministry of Sound in London last year. This year, ENFUSE decided to relaunch the event in a pilot scheme at University Centre Grimsby. The campaign is tackling the growing throwaway culture, which sees 2 billions items of clothing thrown away every year, and aims to save 10,000 items of clothing from landfill.
Philip Simpson, who works for the ENFUSE team at VANEL, said: “The Get Trashed event entails swapping clothes with an item that’s been donated by someone else, or you can also buy items. This is a pilot event in our area and we’re hoping to get the idea of swapping clothes and swishing out to the public and show young people and students that recycling can be fun.
We’ve also brought a seamstress with us, who is repairing and altering clothes, and a clothes customiser, Tammarto, who is painting on all types of clothes and customising them. Freshers is a great opportunity for students to get involved in activities because it can be a fun. There’s been a lot of students coming in and we hope that we can bring the event back in the future.
Tammara Lambley, brought her art-based business, Tammarto, to the event and customised clothes and painted shoes to sell. Tammara said: “Lots of people are interested in having unique clothes that aren’t available on the high street. If anyone wanted to do this themselves there are lots of tutorials that they can try on the internet. It’s important that we all recycle and don’t waste things.”