Young people encouraged to 'upcycle' their clothes in Barnet

This Is Local London: One child decorated a vest-top with a clown's face. One child decorated a vest-top with a clown's face.

Young people were encouraged to “upcycle” their clothes as part of a series of workshops about climate change.

Team v, a group of volunteers from Finchley and Hendon, ran the sessions aimed at encouraging 11 to 14 year olds to become greener and create less waste.

Armed with marker pens, badges and string, the group were shown fun ways of jazzing up their used clothes.

Ashleigh Lamming, Team v leader, said: “If everyone in the world lived as unsustainably as we do in the UK we would need eight planets to support our lifestyles.

“It is not only unsustainable to consume so much of the world’s resources, it is also unjust. We want to show young people that it is possible to live a lot less wastefully than we currently do – and that being green can be cheaper, fairer and more fun.”

Team v is made up of volunteers between 16 and 25 years old who launched their own campaign to encourage Barnet residents to live more sustainably after learning that people in the UK throw away 10,000 items of clothing every five minutes.

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