Zero Waste Fashion Week


In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have been thinking that instead of cancelling or postponing the Zero Waste Fashion Week (17th-24th April), we could try and do things slightly differently, making use of social media, webinars and other online platforms. In a time of such uncertainty, coming together as a community will be crucial. We have had so much enthusiasm from everyone involved already, so it would be a real shame not to harness this positive energy at a time where many of us will really need some positive news to focus on.

We have already had a few people coming forward to suggest video ‘watch parties’ on Facebook, sewing webinars etc. but we would really like to hear everyone’s thoughts on this plan? Please get in touch with your thoughts.

We are organising a Zero Waste Fashion Week (17th-24th April 2020). The week will be a series of events based on achieving the following objectives, at different venues across Leeds:

  • 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

We will be hosting a couple of our own events during the week, and are also looking for other people that would be interested in hosting their own events, which we will promote.  We’re working on finalising the details of these events and will have more information soon.

Please get in touch if you have any ideas for an event you would like to host!

Zero Waste Fashion Week (17th-24th April)

Friday 17th

Launch event

Zero Waste Fashion Bistro
Rainbow Junktion, All Hallows’ Community Project, 24 Regent Terrace, Burley, Leeds, LS6 1NP
Time – TBC
Details – TBC

Saturday 18th

Swap, exchange, share

Leeds Community Clothes Exchange
Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse street, Leeds, LS6 2NY
Sat, 18 April 2020
14:00 – 16:00
Entry is £3 per person. Bring up to 20 items of clothing, shoes and accessories and swap them for something new! More info here.
Leeds Clothing Heritage Walking Tour
The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ
Sat, 18 April 2020
14:00 – 16:00
Spinning, dyeing, weaving and trading all have a strong history here in Leeds. Thread your way through Leeds on this tour to understand the evolution of this essential element of our past. We shifted from tailors to factory-made clothing, from one outfit per season to disposable fashion. Now we’re re-engaging with handmade, repaired and re-used clothes.

Sunday 19th

Sew, repair, upcycle

Sewing Workshop
Location – TBC
Time – TBC
Details – TBC

Monday 20th

Environmental and social impact

The True Cost Film Showing
Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DG
Time – TBC
Leeds Church Institute will be hosting a film showing and discussion of The True Cost, a documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

(Continue scrolling for Tuesday – Friday schedule)

Tuesday 21st


Fashion Hack
Location – TBC
Time – TBC
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?

Wednesday 22nd

Reduce, rethink, slow down

Leeds Clothing Heritage Talk
Location – TBC
Time – TBC
Details – TBC

Thursday 23rd

Circular economy

#LeedsByExample Business Breakfast
Location – TBC
Time – TBC (Morning)
A networking meeting to showcase some of the best environmental practices in the city. Helping Leeds be a city that #LeedsByExample with a united business community, tackling waste and climate issues in the city. The theme of this event will be clothing and textiles.

Friday 24th

What happens to waste clothes?

Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility Tour
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Newmarket Approach, Leeds, LS9 0RJ
Fri, 24 April 2020
13:00 – 15:00
It’s estimated that 4000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in Leeds householders’ black bins each year. Find out what happens to your black bin waste in Leeds and the problems caused by throwing waste textiles in the black bin.

Could you organise an event during the week?

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