In 2012, TRAID started working with Slough Borough Council to place and manage charity textile recycling banks sited at strategic points in the borough. Our excellent operational record of collecting textiles nationally, alongside our ground-breaking education and international development work, made TRAID the ideal partner to help the council divert more textiles from the waste stream.

To encourage Slough residents to use the new textile recycling points, TRAID runs free creative ‘Sew Good’ workshops for people of all ages to explore the benefits of recycling. We teach practical skills to participants helping them to mend and re-style garments to extend the life of their clothes. TRAID aims to inspire and empower everyone taking part to become more sustainable while gaining new knowledge, skills and confidence.

These community workshops run every quarter in partnership with Slough Borough Council and aim to work with groups who may not usually engage with council-led initiatives to increase textile recycling.

TRAID’s education team also supports council green events including working in schools as part of National Recycling Week to raise awareness of the impacts of textile waste and the practical actions we can take for a more sustainable future.


  • Operating charity textile recycling banks across Slough Borough Council
  • Quarterly Sew Good workshops
  • Supporting relevant council initiative and green events
  • Delivering schools assemblies and classroom activities at 2 Primary Schools
  • Delivering creative workshops at 2 Secondary Schools