Another idea for those old check shirts: The National Shirt Exchange

Some time ago Amanda posted about the number of check shirts her boys had accumulated over the last few years. Being a crafty type, she ended up putting them to good use by incorporating them into a lovely patchwork quilt for oldest teensons 21st birthday. But we realise not everyone is as handy with a sewing machine, so if you have a surplus of shirts, checked or otherwise, we have found the perfection solution to give your old shirt a new home and do some good!

Jermyn Street shirt maker T.M. Lewin have got together with the housing charity Shelter to create National Shirt Exchange Week. Starting on the 25th of September, you can donate their unwanted shirts to either a T.M. Lewin shop or online. The shirts will then be given to Shelter to sell in their shops and T.M. Lewin will also donate £2 from every new shirt sold in their shop during the week long project. The money will help people in desperate housing need.

T.M.Lewin will also be building the biggest ever house made of shirts in Paternoster Square, London on the 26th and Spinningfields, Manchester on the 28th of September.

We wish there were more of these well though out, create ways to recycle clothes, rather than just hauling a bin bag along to your local charity shop. Or perhaps we could build a small loft extension!

1 Comment

  • Anna says:

    Uniqlo have also started a clothes recycling scheme, taking back any of their old items to either be redistributed via Centrepoint to homeless young people or recycled into industrial fibres.

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