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Empowering children to "take action and change the world!"

Blog by Yasmin

Community Champion

Sustainable Merton teamed up with Veolia to speak and deliver a workshop at the Spine Festival organised by Merton Libraries. The festival works with schools and community groups across the borough of Merton to empower children to “take action and change the world!” This year’s theme is Sustainability and Climate Change.

The team delivered a waste and recycling presentation to year three and four from St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, educating pupils on the importance of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, encouraging a more sustainable relationship with clothes by getting crafty with old textiles which are no longer needed.

The children got involved with the presentation about the three Rs and then put their knowledge to the test by creating a reusable bag out of an old t-shirt and are now fully equipped for a trip to the local supermarket!

The event was a great success and over 90 children brought in old t-shirts which would have otherwise ended up going to charity or to waste. In the UK alone it is estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes to landfill each year.

If you’re interested in learning how to make a bag for life out of an old t-shirt, please contact


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