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upcycling with Weldmar Girl Guides from Weymouth

Encouraging sustainable shopping to the next generation: Weymouth Guides get upcycling with Weldmar!

11th March 2024

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A group of Girl Guides from Weymouth have paid a visit to Weldmar’s outlet on the Granby Industrial Estate in Weymouth to find out more about sustainable shopping, and take part in an upcycling challenge.

The First Chickerell Guides are taking part in the Swish, a project based on a young adult novel about a girl who customises clothes and sells them to help make extra money for her family.

Before exploring the rails for fashion items that they could take away to give a new lease of life to, the Girl Guides from Weymouth heard from Area Manager Veronica Leopold, and Sharon Randall and Sharon Williams from the outlet, who explained all about how the items we sell come from generous people who donate them, how we recycle what we can’t sell, how we arrange items around the store, and how the money raised by selling items will help local people who need Weldmar’s care.

Ellie, leader of First Chickerell Guides says, “We’ve been looking at sustainable fashion, upcycling, recycling, and the importance of making sure nothing goes to landfill that could be used on other ways. In the past few weeks, we’ve looked at tie dyeing and DIY screen printing. This is the next step, actually taking something and customising it further so they are picking out items to buy and upcycle. This is actually giving them the freedom to be creative, choosing what they want and how they want to go about it.”

Abigail told us that it was really interesting finding out that all the money from our outlet goes towards helping people who are not very well. Olivia said she was really enjoying the evening, and she had found a white t-shirt that she wanted to crop and tie-dye, and Lucy, who says she goes to charity shops with her mum, said she was on the lookout for something she could make into a party outfit.

Thank you First Chickerell Guides for coming to see us! Good luck with your Swish project!

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