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John Amabile urges shoppers to get swapping for Pass it on Week

60 Minute Makeover star and Bailie Liz Cameron announce major swapping, sharing and donating event at Glasgow’s St Enoch centre as part of national re-use week

17 Feb 15

60 Minute Makeover star John Amabile and Glasgow councillor Bailie Cameron urged shoppers to reap the benefits of swapping, sharing and passing on their old stuff today, as they announced a host of activity coming to Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre on 7th and 8th March as part of Pass it on Week. Swap shops, a vintage and re-used fashion show, upcycling and repair workshops and a re-use marketplace are all set to pop up in the St Enoch centre to show shoppers that passing things on to others can be easy and fun.

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. 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.

The event will be compered by John Amabile and will see a “Swapping Shopping” pop up store set up in the St Enoch Centre to allow people to trade something they don’t want for something they do, a bra amnesty in support of charity, a vintage and re-used fashion show on a model-powered electricity generating catwalk, workshops from Glasgow fashion gurus Betty and Bee on how to combine new and reused items into a capsule wardrobe and drop in sessions on how to take a re-used piece of furniture and give it a new lease of life.

John Amabile 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.”

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.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Chair of Green Year 2015, 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.”

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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