Make New and Mend


Our new project is focussing on reducing textile waste by repairing and repurposing clothing and other textiles.

We are challenging the fast fashion industry and our throw-away culture.

We all need to buy fewer clothes and make them last longer. 

At TBG, we have teamed up with the Paul Sartori Foundation on a project to find ways of reducing the mountain of local unwanted clothing. Our group of volunteers repair and upcycle clothes and textiles and remake them into beautiful new items.

If you would like to join us, we meet:

Tuesdays between 11.30am and 3.30pm

At Paul Sartori Furnishings & Upcycling,

25 Upper Terrace (off A40), Letterston SA62 5UG

To find out more or become a volunteer please email: or or call in at the Garment Repair Cafe.

Close up photo of a recycled t-shirt with 'Make New And Mend' printed on in rainbow colours
Close up photo of a pair of trousers being repaired by hand with a needle and thread

Facts about the fast fashion industry and clothing waste

In the UK we buy lots of new clothes and donate what we no longer want to charity shops, but the truth is that a huge percentage, given to the charity sector for re-sale, is either incinerated or sent to landfill. The cost is not just financial – its very bad for the environment too.

  • The fashion industry accounts for some 10% of global carbon emissions – aviation accounts for 2%. Which? magazine
  • We buy 60% more clothes than 15 years ago but wear them for half as long. The Times
  • In the average UK household, nearly a third of clothes (worth over £1,000 per household) haven’t been worn in the last year. WRAP
  • 350,000 tonnes of used but still wearable clothing (worth £140 million) goes to landfill in the UK every year. Clothes Aid
  • 700,000 tonnes of clothing gets sent to recycling centres, textile banks, clothes collections and to charity each year . Clothes Aid

You can read more in this article about the environmental cost of the fashion industry.

Photo of a woman modeling a hat made from recycled jeans, with an applique flower and matching lining
Photo of clothes ready for upcycling in the foreground, with a volunteer working beside a sewing machine in the background
Close up photo of an appliques mural of a rubbish truck with clothes in the back and a speech bubble with the words, 'Help! Save Our Clothes'
Close up of hands holding five balls of different coloured yarns made from old clothes
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