UPCYCLERS, recyclers and anyone interested in sustainable fashion had the chance to pick up tips from professionals at a recent event at Helensburgh Parish Church.

The demonstration and information day, organised by Helensburgh Oxfam on Saturday, September 28, featured local organisations and skilled crafters revealing all about how old items of furniture or unwanted clothes can be put to good use once again.

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Helensburgh Oxfam shop manager Graham Newport said: “It was a great day with lots of information from different organisations about upcycling and recycling.

“Helensburgh Art Hub were there demonstrating eco bricking - a fantastic way to use single use plastic, as well as advertising their upcoming events.

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“Kate Jarvis of Silk and Thistle demonstrated how to make light shades from old maps and scarves, while some of our young volunteers demonstrated how to make tote bags from old T-shirts with no sewing involved.

"We also had stalls with books on upcycling, bags made from old jeans and a stall of bags of beads that were put together by one of our volunteers using jewellery that hadn’t sold or was broken, to show people that it can be reused.”