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Cllr Costigan and two other women at the Ealing Repair Café

Fall back in love with your belongings

It’s London Repair Week from 20 to 26 March. The week celebrates everything related to repairing and is designed to give you the confidence to start repairing and mending, and fall back in love with your belongings.

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Why don’t you check the events taking place at Ealing Repair Café? Run by volunteers, the café aims to encourage you to value clothing and repair or alter rather than discard it. Whether you are an absolute beginner or skilled at hand sewing, you are welcome to join in the following events – no booking required, just pop in:

  • Monday, 20 March 10am – 12 noon – Patch Darn and Natter, Happy Coffee, 158 Northfield Avenue, Ealing W13 9SB. Sewing machine available
  • Thursday, 23 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm – Hammersmith Mending Circle launch, Livat Centre, Kings Street, Hammersmith
  • Monday, 27 March 7.30 pm – 9 pm – Patch, Darn and Natter, The Ealing Project, 1 High Street, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, London W5 5DB. Sewing machine available.

You can also find out how to get involved in reusing and repairing the items you love at the Reduce and Recycle Hub at Acton Market. That way you are contributing to reducing waste going to landfill.

“The climate emergency continues to be one of the biggest challenges we face. Sustainability starts with each one of us. We can all be part of a circular economy, where clothes are repaired and recycled back into clothes” says Councillor Deidre Costigan, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for climate action.

She adds: “Get involved in the various Ealing Repair Café events and see the benefits of reusing your items. I really enjoyed the Patch Darn and Natter session. I now know how to repair moth holes and turn old jeans into funky shorts.”

Helping you to recycle

Most items can be reused, minimising waste but if you cannot repair your belongings and no longer need them, you can dispose of your textiles, electricals or have them collected from your home by our partner TRAID as long as you have at least one bag of unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles for collection.

See where else you can take your refuse and recycling in Ealing.

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