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The sustainable clothing group Cruinn (Gaidhlig for circular, neat, gathered) are teaming up with Western Isles Libraries on Saturday 27th November, as part of the Làn Thìde Climate Beacon events for COP 26.  

Clothing - and the huge amounts we purchase them - cause significant environmental problems around the world. These range from chemical pollution and poor working conditions and low wages for those making the clothes, to vast quantities of our discarded clothing ending up in polluting landfills. 

Cruinn, a sustainable clothing and eco store, located in the Old Shop in Bayble, provide a local solution to this growing environmental issue.  Cruinn not only promotes the sale and exchange of preloved clothes and household items, but also demonstrates how local sewing craftsmanship can be used to increase the amount of clothing that gets reused and recirculated back into the economy.

Rebecca from Cruinn says: “The scale of the problem is worrying, and yet we still tend to carry on buying our clothes as usual. Cruinn was put together to raise awareness of how we can do things differently by reusing, making second-hand more accessible and normal, as well as recreating and refashioning our excess clothing to make useful things once again.  

"The process of remaking can be incredibly satisfying and rewarding, being part of a process of transformation and renewal engages our creativity in ways that can be missed if we just continue to throw things away without trying to be resourceful.

The Cruinn Eco Shop will be in The Space at Stornoway Library on Saturday 27 November (10am to 12pm and 1 to 3pm). 

Pop in to discover what the Cruinn group have been making out of excess clothing and if you are interested in transforming some of your own clothes into something useful again, we can help with some guided sewing advice and support.



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  • Kathleen Milne, Western Isles Libraries, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01851 822790