Culminating in a Liverpool wide exhibition in June 2015, this project aimed to reduce the 22, 000 tonnes of textiles which are thrown away each year in Merseyside. Each group taking part organised their own textile collection to provide the materials for their tree, as well as potentially raising some money for their group. This project was supported by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).
Through this project: - 1.92 tonnes of textile waste was used or recycled through 'Tree of Life' workshops - 96 tonnes of textiles diverted from landfills through collections (1x collection per school group & 2x collections per adult group). - CO2 reduction of 381.889 tonnes. - £48,000 in income generated for groups through textile collections. - £7834 total landfill costs saved.
“Participants gained a greater understanding of opportunities to reduce textile waste from landfill and the potential to generate income by recycling unwanted textiles.” - Elizabeth Atherton, Project Leader.
Sew Many Trees Exhibition
Schools and Community Groups across Merseyside have transformed old and unwanted clothes into textile tree banners - the exhibition finished on 30th June 2015 but there may be another in September 2015 - we'll keep you posted! The exhibition featured the region's very first textile forest with textile trees from 30 groups exhibited at Liverpool Library, Quaker Meeting House, Roman Catholic Cathedral and International Slavery Museum.
Westbank Primary School, Halton Garston CofE Primary School, Liverpool St. Gregory's Adult Centre, Liverpool Four Estates Community Centre, Halton Widnes Academy, Halton St. Gabriel's Primary School, Knowsley Knowsley Adults Disability Day Services, Stockbridge Village Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Southport L30 Community Centre, Sefton St. George's Primary School, Wirral Parent's Forum Seacombe, Wirral The Women's Group at Asylum Link Merseyside, Liverpool St. Austin's RC Primary School St. Catherine's Community Centre, Wirral Parenting 2000, Sefton The Dorcas Group at St Austin's Church, Thatto Heath St. Gregory's Primary School, Netherley St. Bede's Primary School, Halton Tomorrows Women Wirral SING Shop Knit + Natter, Seaforth SING Shop Esol, Seaforth Jingles Nursery, Seaforth Kirkby CofE Primary School, Knowsley St. Luke's Primary School, Southport