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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It’s very easy to want to bury your head in the sand when it comes to the rising cost of living or the climate crisis. They are arguably the two most significant, and very legitimate, fears that are troubling our society today. On the one hand, the first is very immediate- we are literally observing fuel prices trickle over the £2 mark this week - while the second is comparable to watching something catch fire in slow, slow motion. ‘Doom and gloom’ doesn’t even cover it. However, this makes it all the more important to recognise the rays of hope and positivity when they come. Such as, the opening of ‘Make A Mends’ shop in Redruth - an innovative ‘upcycling’ venue that uses creative ways to repurpose materials or give a broken item a new lease of life. Read more: G7 Summit legacy in Cornwall a year on - a nice new road but too many Airbnbs in Carbis Bay In a time when everything is disposable but nothing is without a cost- both financially and environmentally- it speaks of society’s need to appreciate and invest in what we already have. It hopes to break this never-ending ‘need-more’ mentality that leaves us like a frantic hamster spinning in a plastic buying-and-wasting wheel. The shop, flooded with sunlight and colour, has been open on Redruth Highstreet for just over a month. While it focuses primarily on repairing clothes, dabbling also in furniture, the owners- Sarah Perry, Sara Clasper and Liz Moody- say there’s nothing they wouldn’t try their hand at. Sarah said: “We don’t see ourselves as experts, we just like being creative with fabric and wool. And in terms of money and the environment, every little bit helps, doesn’t it?” Sarah Perry (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live) The business grew from a market stall on Falmouth Moor. Sarah said that people came to them with moth-eaten clothes that they wanted us to fix, so it “naturally evolved from there.” Sara explained their technique of “visible mending” which looks to make a feature out of a tear or stain that would typically drive someone to throw an item away. “So we just started embellishing and stitching and it kind of ran away with us because we love doing it. We use a technique called visible mending, where we make a feature out of it a hole or stain or whatnot. “We need to be proud to be fixing what we had already, not going out and buying new- it’s a Japanese ethos that layering things up to fix something reinforces it so it will last longer while also making the item unique,” she said. The shop is full of quirky items that the team has ingeniously created using sample fabric books and disregarded items. My favourites were the soap stands made from sea-eroded beach plastic or a purse with a tape measure sewn into the seam to give it a snap-seal effect. Sarah told me that the more she’d read about fast fashion, the more determined she’d become to join the tide of people raising awareness for the damage that the industry caused to the environment, as well as the human rights impacts around the world. Sara said: “Things are cheap, but people don’t think about why they’re cheap, where they’re coming from, who made them or their impact on the planet. Stretchy jeans for example, they don’t biodegrade because they contain plastic but they also don’t last. “Primark is dirt cheap but it is still cheaper to look after and fix what you have,” she said.
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. On the day that Primark stores reopened following the pandemic, they took their mending equipment to Truro and sat outside the infamous fast-fashion store offering free clothing repairs to passers-by. Sara said: “Cheap clothes will keep coming until we decide it’s got to stop. It’s about slowing down- you don’t have to be churning things out. I think people are genuinely changing and they do want to look after their clothes, rather than just chucking them away and buying something new.” The shop sits at the bottom of Redruth High Street on the corner next to the main road. In the short period of time I was visiting the store, several Amazon vans chugged up the road from the depo in Redruth. Sara said the irony was not lost on her: while their small business is taking a stance against exactly that type of fast-consumerism, the deliveries of a multinational organisation continue to pass through, and pollute, like clockwork. “It’s also about reclaiming the high street for local businesses and not for chains. Shops have to be more than just somewhere you buy things, it’s got to be an experience too. “Although we do mend things, ultimately we want people to learn the skills to do it themselves so we are planning lots of drop-ins and workshops so people can mend and play with their own clothes, as well as bringing members of the community together,” Sara said.
(Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)
On top of being a shop, they also want it to be somewhere that helps to nurture the local and wider Cornish community. Sarah tells me of a project she did at a local residential people’s home where she helped to decorate people’s walking sticks with wool to create cheery, eye-catching designs. Moreover, despite being one of the wealthiest places in the world, thanks to its thriving mining industry, Redruth High Street has been chosen as one of 10 places in the South West to receive money for economic regeneration. The High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme, delivered by Historic England, is aimed to unlock the potential of the selected towns, fuelling economic, social and cultural recovery. “We were able to get a grant from the Redruth action zone scheme to pay for our new sign to be made. There’s loads of talented and creative people in Redruth- we used a local sign writer and we absolutely love it,” Sarah said. While one customer jokes that she would have called the shop ‘Pimp my S***’, Sarah tells me that their name- Make A Mends- was chosen because it portrays the two-fold objectives that are at the heart of their operations and ethos. She said: “The name was Liz’s idea. We were playing with different suggestions and we thought this one sort of rolled off the tongue. “Plus we really like how it sort of conveys the different levels of meaning to the store. Yes, we are mending clothes but we are also trying to ‘make amends’ for the damage done to our environment and community. Our slogan is ‘Care, Repair and Share’, which I hope sums us up pretty well.” What do you think? Sign in and join the conversations in the comments below
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