Media Release: St. Enoch to get shoppers swapping for Pass it on Week

John Amabile Pass it on Week.

60 Minute Makeover star, John Amabile, is to join with Bailie Liz Cameron to announce a major swapping, sharing and donating event at Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre, as part of national re-use week

Amabile urged shoppers to reap the benefits of swapping, sharing and donating as he unveiled details of a vintage fashion and interiors event being held at St. Enoch Centre, as part of Pass It On Week.

Pass it on Week is a new national awareness week about re-using items more often to prevent the huge volumes of re-usable good sent to landfill each year in Scotland.

To encourage shoppers to pass on their old stuff, St. Enoch Centre in Glasgow will host a vintage fashion and interiors showcase on 7th and 8th March.

Swap shops, upcycling and repair workshops and a re-use marketplace will demonstrate how easy it is to give old items a new life. There will also be a vintage and re-used fashion show on a model-powered electricity generating catwalk.

Amabile, who will compere the event, said: “I’m delighted to be involved with this event for Pass it on Week. With a little bit of TLC, something used can be new to you, and I look forward to passing on a few of my own tips on the day for how to give something a new lease of life.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, who joined the TV presenter at the launch, said: “I’m very excited to be involved in this fantastic event. Green Year 2015 is all about showing how small changes to our everyday lives can make a huge difference in protecting our environment. I hope Pass it on Week will encourage Glaswegians to get creative with their old clothes, and show that with a bit of inspiration we can be both fashionable and sustainable.”

Highlights of the event include Glasgow fashion gurus Betty and Bee showing how to combine new and reused items into a capsule wardrobe, while drop in sessions will show how to take a re-used piece of furniture and give it a new lease of life.

The event will also see two brides-to-be taking part in a Pass it on Week challenge to upcycle a family heirloom wedding dress to transform it for their own big day. The dresses will be on display in the shopping centre and sessions will also be run to show shoppers how to upcycle a fascinator for the next wedding they attend.

Zero Waste Scotland, which organises Pass it on Week, has teamed up with Glasgow’s Green Year of 2015 team, to bring the concept to the shopping masses at the heart of Glasgow’s retail centre, in a bid to show people that second hand isn’t second best.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “Pass it on Week is all about rediscovering the joys of passing on, donating, sharing or repairing things to keep them in use for longer.

“Thousands of tonnes of re-usable items are thrown away in Scotland every year because people often aren’t sure what to do with an item when they’ve finished with it. This week of activity is all about showing the amazing variety of ways there are to ensure your stuff goes on to have another life with a new owner. It’s fantastic to be able to showcase this in one of Scotland’s major shopping centres and show thousands of shoppers how they can get involved.”

Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “For the past five years, St. Enoch Centre has achieved zero waste to landfill. We are delighted to be teaming with Zero Waste Scotland and Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 to show our shoppers how they too can minimise their impact on the environment and reduce the amount sent to landfill.”

For more information about the Pass it on Week event in St Enoch Centre, or to search the range of events happening across Scotland go to www.passitonweek.com


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