Norwich Science Fesitval: Scary Stitch: a Mend in Protest Halloween Special, Norwich

Event Date: 30/10/21

Saturday 30 October, 2pm- 4pm; Royal Arcade, Norwich

Protest against fashion waste and make your own spooky creations

The reality of Halloween is pretty scary! According to the environmental charity Hubbub:

  • An estimated 7 million Halloween costumes are thrown away every year, contributing to 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste. That’s the same as 83 million plastic bottles!
  • More than 39 million families dress up for Halloween in the UK and 90% of families buy new costumes every year.
  • The majority of these costumes (69%) are made up of polyester, a fabric made from oil-based plastic.
  • Forty per cent of costumes are only worn once before being thrown into landfill.

We think these statistics are much more terrifying than any costume could be, which is why we’d like you to create a Halloween costume with a difference!

Bring a garment with you to decorate – like a t-shirt, jumper or jacket – and together we’ll draw, patch, stencil or stitch these spooky Halloween stats onto our garments as a protest against fashion waste.

If you don’t have a garment to decorate, you can choose one from our rail of unloved clothing (but please consider making a small donation to cover the costs of this, if you’re able to).

This is a drop-in session, with basic materials provided. This workshop is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied. As it involves sewing and small objects, this workshop may not be suitable for very young children, but they are still welcome to join us.

Cost: Pay what you can (suggested donation £3), drop-in, Recommended age: 7+ For more information visit Norwich Science Festival