TRAID has partnered with Brent Council since 1999 to boost textile reuse and recycling via our network of charity textile banks. During this time, our education team has taught regularly in schools and participated in many community and council run events. In 2012, TRAID started working strategically with Brent’s recycling team to deliver a structured programme of waste education to meet the needs of schools across the borough. We worked directly with over 7,000 children and young people to explore resource scarcity, waste and the fashion industry. In 2013, TRAID is again delivering education work across the borough.

Goal and Objectives

  • To inform schools of the reuse and recycling services available in Brent
  • To encourage pupils to protect the earth’s natural resources by recycling more
  • To introduce schools to the benefits of textile reuse and the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry
  • To improve sewing skills and introduce creative reuse and up-cycling solutions

Key activities:-

  • Working in 20 Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Delivering 62 workshops and activities
  • Directly educating 7,733 students

Activity Types:-

  • Whole school assemblies to promote waste reduction
  • Planning a campaign to recycle more at school and at home
  • Creative up-cycling workshops
  • 8 – 10 week secondary schools projects
  • End of project presentations including a Fashion Show and a Dragons Den style presentation of sustainable designs

Kelly Martinez the Head of Textiles at Claremont Secondary School said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with TRAID as they have injected a new meaning to ‘learning outside the classroom’ with my Year 9 textiles pupils. The 8 – 10 week project in partnership with Brent Council was absolutely brilliant and very relevant to the new DT national curriculum framework. The specific presentations were both deeply informative and interactive – helping pupils gain a new understanding of what ‘recycling, up-cycling and ethic design’ was really all about!”

Ilira Heath, St Margaret Clitherow Primary School

‘After the successful workshop we had last year with my Year 6, I thought it would be great if you could run it again this year.’