TRAID spent a day with the children from the Indo-American Refugee and Migrant Organisation to highlight the importance of waste reduction and explore the positive impact reusing and recycling our precious resources can bring.

The Indo-Amercian Refugee and Migrant Organisation are a community led organisation that offer Latin American people the support and skills to build a life in London.

After discussing the meaning of reusing and recycling clothes, the young children aged between 5 and 12, were asked to imagine what our world would look like if we did or didn’t reuse and recycle our clothes.


The children learnt simple sewing techniques to illustrate what a world with finite resources looks like using scrap fabrics to create a patchwork square; with the ultimate aim to encourage their local community to participate in the act of reusing and recycling.

sewing group shot
close up sewing

Two sisters that took part in the workshop said:

“I learnt to recycle, to not throw things away. I really liked the workshop. I learnt to sew with chunky and fine fabrics.”
Milene Toapanta

“I learnt that we should recycle and also to sew and use a needle.”
Camila Toapanta.

All of the patchwork pieces designed and created by the children were sewn together into a blanket proudly on display in the IRMO community centre in Brixton.

unveiling and close up

The blanket was unveiled at the IRMO Christmas Party.

blanket completed