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COP26 - Local Climate Action - ReMode
COP26 - Local Climate Action - ReMode

COP26 - Local Climate Action - ReMode

11/11/2021 (Engage Post )


Our profiles on Renfrewshire climate action continues - this time we're hearding from ReMode who focus on tackling fast fashion and promoting a more sustainable approach to the things we own and create.

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ReMode Renfrewshire is a not-for-profit community interest company. We are managed by a voluntary board of directors who employ our 4 part-time members of staff. ReMode started life as the Youth Engagement Programme of charity Local Energy Action Plan and evolved to become an independent organisation in November 2017.

Our main aim as an organisation is to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of the fashion and textiles industry, and to work with our communities in Renfrewshire to deliver practical solutions and share positive steps to reduce these impacts.

We do this in a variety of different ways to ensure that our reach is as broad as possible. We run a programme of creative hands-on workshops – all designed to teach practical skills that extend the life of garments and fabrics. Our retail space on Paisley High Street is the ideal place to engage the community in initial conversation as well as providing an opportunity to sell our handmade and second-hand clothing, and our extensive education & events programme allows us to work within community and education settings to ensure that the next generation are informed and enabled to lead the way on climate change issues and fashion activism.

We run a volunteer programme which allows those with a keen interest to become fully immersed in the ReMode programme. This could be through helping out with our Recycling and Upcycling group, as a textile processor helping sort and prepare garments for sale or use in workshops, or as a general helper who we can call on for specific events. For more information or to enrol, please contact our volunteer coordinator Carolyn by email at carolyn@remodeyouth.org

Please also check the ‘What’s On’ section of our website and follow us on social media for the latest workshop and outreach information. There are always loads of fun things to get involved with - from sewing workshops to our quarterly zine, we’re sure you’ll find something of interest. https://remodeyouth.org/whats-on/

We recently embarked on a new project specifically for young people titled ‘The Change Room’. Launched in June this year, The Change Room comprises creative activities and volunteering opportunities around a core theme of promoting and understanding sustainable clothing. It’s designed to redress some of the effects of the C-19 global pandemic on young people in our communities.

A main element of this programme is our ‘ReMotivators’ group. This is an action forum for young creative motivators who help to shape the wider ReMode project – taking part in regular social gatherings to plan and devise activities, trips and events exploring identity, sustainability and positive climate action. So far, the ReMotivators have planned a Mic & Mend Halloween event, designed and made a ‘Cross Stitch for Action’ banner to be used at Fridays For Future young persons march for climate action during COP26 and have many other ideas in the pipeline. The Change Room and our ReMotivators group are for 13-25 year olds, if you’d like to get involved or know a young person who would, please contact us at hello@remodeyouth.org or view the website for more info https://remodeyouth.org/the-change-room/

Another of our most recent ventures, the ‘DIY make pack’ is designed to get people upcycling from home. Using lovingly chosen hand-picked second-hand fabrics, each make pack contains everything needed to create a garment including access to an online instructional video. The packs grew from an idea that evolved during lockdown, when ReMode could not run our usual classes, and so sent out parcels of fabrics and instructions in the post instead. 

Now a classic example of the circular economy in practice, the Make Packs are not just about the one off reuse of valuable material resources – it is much more about a shift in thinking. Making something yourself, or receiving something handmade, is the absolute alternative to the throw away ‘wear it once’ culture that has grown in fashion. In order to combat climate change we need to revisit how we value the earth’s resources and learn to love new ways of doing things – it’s all about investing in items that are made in a sustainable way and that will last. With more time spent at home in the last 18 months, many people have discovered (or rediscovered) a love of sewing. ReMode’s Make Packs include projects for beginners up to those with a wealth of sewing experience.

Make Packs are available from ReMode’s website or can be ordered instore at 43b High Street, Paisley PA1 2AH

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You can find out more about ReMode at the below links:

Website- www.remodeyouth.org

Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQSSNbU0kb3SwOmmKYy7Sg

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/remode_youth/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/remodeyouth

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ReModeIt

 

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