Environment Week - Save the planet and your pocket

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Its Environment Week, and along with many activities we wanted to show you have you can save money and the planet by mending your clothes. It is a brilliant way to extend the life of your clothing, and it makes a powerful statement about your values. The most sustainable thing you can do is work with what your already have. In this article, we’ll explore different types of clothing repair, and how to fix them, whether you do it yourself or outsource some help.

Repairing your clothing can feel daunting if you haven’t sewn before or feel your sewing skills aren’t up to scratch, thinking that you might do it wrong or make it worse. But with a little patience and determination, learning to repair your clothes is an empowering and creative way to build a more sustainable wardrobe.


How To – Different Types of Repairs


There is another way!

Don’t feel like trying your hand at fixing your clothes yourself? There are many businesses that specialise in fixing clothing at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. We’ve put together a list of some local to the University. Most of these places will not only fix your clothing but can also alter items that don't fit correctly.

  • Colchester
    5 Star Stitches, Queens Street, Colchester, CO1 2PJ
    Fast Stitch, Mercantile House, 3A Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ
    Pearly Dry Cleaners, 47 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NH
  • Southend
    Victoria Express Dry Cleaners Alterations & Repairs, 10 Chichester Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5BQ
    Southend Tailoring and Alterations, 294 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7JJ
    Usenee Clothing Repairs and Alterations, 38 St Helen's Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7LB
  • Loughton
    Essex Sewing Room, 139 High Rd, Loughton IG10 4LT
    Alternations Next Door, 75 Queen's Rd, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5BW
    Pollys Ironing, 72 Borders Ln, Loughton IG10 3QX

10 Books on Sustainable Fashion to Inspire You to Repair and Re-wear

There is a wealth of information on the internet, from YouTube, Instagram and TikTok on how to mend your clothes, but there is really nothing like a good book. Best of all, you can read them for free through the library! See our reading list HERE




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