TED PhD researcher Bridget Harvey was at the Peoples Climate March, London, on Sunday 28th November. She was marching as part of a Mending Bloc with TRAID and The Restart Project, carrying her Mend More Jumper. An estimated 40,000 people joined the London march, marking the start of the climate talks in Paris.
The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer, by sharing repair and maintenance skills. TRAID turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes, taking a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption by increasing textile reuse and funding projects to improve working conditions in the clothing industry.
Last week was #secondhandfirst which Bridget began by helping facilitate a textile mending workshop at The Big Fix, organised by Hackney Fixers and The Restart Project. On Thursday night she helped at another textile repair workshop, this time a community event at Fabrications, Broadway Market.
The Mend More Jumper is part of her practice based AHRC PhD project positing repair as a pathway to sustainability and resilience.