Upcycling and Repairs

Reuse, recycle, swap…and the impact of fast fashion


Buy less junk and less new ‘stuff’.  Buy things which are designed to be repairable and when you have finished with them sell them on or give them away. 

Nowhere is more important than the clothes we wear.  The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shopping combined… have a look at our blog on clothes and fashion.

ChalCAN would love to start up a repair cafe locally – but we need help to do this from people who have the skills! However – there are other options. Just starting up again there’s a regular Repair Cafe on the last Saturday of the month at Atelier Stroud (1st Floor 19A Lower Street, Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 2HT. Tel: 01453765248 or mail@atelierstroud.com): electronics, textiles, leather tools, toys etc. It’s free but donations welcome. Nailsworth have also run sessions at the the Sub Rooms on the Bath Road – not up and running yet.

There are other options for donating for repair/recycling or buying upcycled goods, such as

  • Furniture can be donated to or bought from Stroud District Furniture Bank in Brimscombe
  • Toys can be donated to or bought from Kids Stuff in Brimscombe
  • Surplus linen, bedding and curtains can go to Salvation Army recycling points, or check with the Marah Trust to see if it is needed

ChalCAN will be running upcycling workshops, preloved clothes sales and a regular repair café.

Get in touch if you can help us: info@chalcan.org.uk


One Response

  1. I would love to do a course on this, someone did one in Ashley de la Zouch and are having a fashion show of the Upcycled and repaired clothes.
    Could get charity shops with damaged clothes they would normally throw out,or Long Table involved.

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