I am looking for some funding to help me open a Sustainable Clothing Shop. This will help the environment, the community and support Letchworth in becoming a Plastic Free town as part of the Surfers against Sewage campaign.
Clothing is one of the most damaging industries to the environment.
Fast fashion is really bad in so many ways. The Economy, Workers and the Environment.
I got made redundant from my part time job in March, I have a 4 year old daughter which starts at full time school in September. I have been dreaming and driven to start my own business since getting made redundant from my fashion buying job when I was pregnant with my daughter over 4 years ago. My daughter has been my priority, but now that she is going to school I feel the timing is right for my dream idea.
I am very passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle, I have been working part time in a local vegan cafe and volunteering at a local zero waste shop. I want to bring together my recent passion for living plastic free, not supporting fast fashion and living by the Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair mantra.
Also using my previous fashion buying experience to open a local Preloved clothes shop. The shop next door to the zero waste shop has become available and we think it would be a great opportunity.
We will take Women's, Men's, Children's and Babies clothes to sell for our customers, we will charge £1 per item taken onto our shop floor for 6 weeks. Then if we sell the items we give 50% to them and keep 50%. We are helping people who do not have time to sell their clothes themselves to clear out their clothes, and make a bit of money at the same time.
We have been running voluntary monthly clothes swaps events which have been really popular. We also want to build on the community feel by running monthly "Repair Cafes" to promote reusing clothing but also bringing people together. Also a self care event each month to support people with self care, whether it be some yoga, meditation, a hot drink or just chat.
It is estimated that clothes will account for over a quarter of our overall climate change impact by 2050.