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Zero Waste Fashion aims to increase awareness of the best ways to recycle, reuse, repair and upcycle clothing and textiles in Leeds.

It is a collaborative project, developed by Zero Waste Leeds, the School of Design at the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Contributors: Zero Waste Leeds, the School of Design at the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council. Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council.

During COVID-19, we are interested in finding out whether the pandemic has affected people’s clothing choices throughout the whole lifecycle, from purchase and use to disposal. We would be grateful if you have time to complete our short survey. It should take around 5-10 minutes to complete. We would also be grateful if you would be able to share the survey with other people. Complete it below or follow this link.

Textile banks

Find your nearest textile bank in our map below.

Charity shops

Find your nearest charity shop in our map below.

Repair or Upcycle

Find your nearest repair shop or sewing class in our map below.

Love your clothes

Follow this link for top tips from WRAP on loving your clothes for longer.

Use this map to find your nearest textile bank, charity shop, repair shop, sewing class or clothes exchange.

If you notice any errors or omissions, or have any ideas for improving the map, please get in touch. The full map can be found here.

About Us

Zero Waste Fashion aims to increase awareness of the best ways to recycle, reuse, repair and upcycle clothing and textiles in Leeds. It is a collaborative project, developed by Zero Waste Leeds, the School of Design at the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. One key area ofContinue reading “About Us”

Fashion hack
31st March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE – this event has been postponed.

We were due to be at the Sustainable Fashion Conference at the University of Leeds on the 31st March exploring the following issue:

  •  It’s estimated that 4000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in Leeds householders’ black bins each year.  How can we get more of that reused or recycled?

Sign up to to the mailing list or join the ‘Zero Waste Fashion – Leeds‘ Facebook group to keep updated about this event.


Zero Waste Fashion Week
20th-24th April 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE – we moved the Zero Waste Fashion Week online, making use of social media and other online platforms.

Zero Waste Fashion Week was a series of online events and social media posts based on achieving the following objectives:

  • Sharing practical ways for people in Leeds to manage the impacts of their clothing choices
  • Exploring reasons why sustainability in fashion is so important
  • Celebrating the rich textile heritage of Leeds
  • Building a #ZeroWasteFashion movement

Sponsor Us

We are always looking for sponsorship to increase the scale and reach of our work. If you are interested in sponsoring Zero Waste Fashion or Zero Waste Leeds’ work more broadly, then please do get in touch.


Zero Waste Leeds

Find out more about our other work on the main Zero Waste Leeds website. Look out for our other projects including Leeds By Example, Plastic Pioneers, Zero Waste Uniforms, Zero Waste Running and Zero Waste Events.

Zero Waste Leeds is a project by Social Business Brokers CIC – a registered company in England and Wales 07272068.

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