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Teenagers inject new life into old clothes

Teenagers were able to unleash their creativity through an innovative approach to encouraging reuse and recycling by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council (SABC) recently.

The winning coat. Photo courtesy of the Shrewsbury Chronicle.

A 'No Logo' workshop, aimed at putting out the message that clothing doesn't need to be thrown away when it is out of fashion, and can be turned into something new with a little imagination, was held at the council's Teenage Kicks event. Local designers were on hand to help the teenagers, providing inspiration and assistance.

SABC environmental initiatives officer Mark Foxall said: "It was great to look around and see so many taking part, at times there were around 20 teenagers and younger children all sewing clothing together or cutting things apart."

It was the first time the council had used the 'No Logo' workshop. Its successful debut means the council are now keen to repeat the format, at Teenage Kicks next year as well as other events.

The workshop was sponsored by local ladies wear shop Kukadass, who provided equipment and vouchers for the winning designer, and Staffordshire Textiles who donated clothing collected from its Shrewsbury recycling banks.

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