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YEG Repairathon giving new life to Edmonton's damaged clothing

Ripped jeans and missing shirt buttons will be a fashion trend of the past after volunteers come together to mend damaged goods.

Aimed at decreasing the amount of clothing heading to the landfill, the second Edmonton Repairathon on Oct. 27 will help members of the public fix any minor clothing repairs such as broken zippers and hemming, all for free.

“We’re just wanting to help as many people as we can,” explained Kate Spencer, co-ordinator of the event.

The event was created after volunteers wanted to do their part to teach people how to maintain their clothing and be more eco-friendly.

The Repairathon idea started in Toronto and eventually made its way west, said organizers. The first Repairathon was held only for family and friends as a warm-up to this month’s event.

“We had a lot of fun at the last one. Really [it’s about] the ability to help people and make a difference,” said Spencer.

People can bring their clean, damaged clothes to Abby Road Co-op at 10950 82 Avenue from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. For more information, visit the ‘Edmonton Repairathon’ Facebook page.

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