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Tea ‘N Chat – Sustainability – leading with Textiles + Rachel Addy

Tea ‘N Chat – Sustainability – leading with Textiles + Rachel Addy

Sustainability – leading with Textiles + Rachel Addy
Creating an Eco School – can your school become totally sustainable and can textiles be the subject to lead this?

Tuesday 14th November – Time 7-8pm    

Join our TEA ’N CHAT with RACHEL ADDY.

The importance of sustainability and the environment is always being discussed. Schools are urged to take the initiative in teaching pupils the value of making sustainable decisions and to plant more trees on school grounds.

The DofE has committed to altering how sustainability is taught in schools. incorporating environmental issues into all subjects and ensuring that graduates are informed about these challenges.
We’ll talk about how to make your school more eco-friendly in this Tea’N’Chat. ADT-driven processes can produce innovative and lasting results. Learn how to organize a litter pick with DofE students, construct an allotment/urban pond with community members, and persuade parents/caregivers to join in and support the creation of the Eco School.


Rachel Addy photo for Textiles Skills centre

RACHEL has been the Events Planner & a host for the Textile Skills Centre events since April 2021. She also works as a Design & Technology Teacher as well as taking part in multiple events globally expanding her network of Textile Professionals. Rachel’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 9 years around the world as a Product Developer.

She worked for an American based company called GIII based in Hangzhou China and has spent several years travelling the globe working with various textile manufacturers. Rachel has worked with customers from around the world including the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to Moss Bros.
Rachel has since moved into teaching as a Design & Technology Teacher. She has taught Graphics, Textiles, Fashion Textiles & Product Design in school. Rachel has spent several years working for not-for-profit Networking events to support locals in making connections that will encourage skill sharing & develop professional relationships that may one day open the door to other opportunities.

The Textiles Skills Centre Associates are a team of volunteers that manage the social media platforms and website, and offer support, mentorship and advice to textile teachers and trainees. We organise free resource networking events each month (Tea ‘N Chat) and are always on hand to help and encourage when needed.
We are always looking for new Associate members, so if you would like to join this small team then do contact us at: info@textileskillscentre.com

At the moment all costs are met by our team and time is given freely. If you are able to support us with a donation, however small, this will help to enhance the work we are doing.

You can donate using the DONATION button below which will take you to the Paypal donations page, or select an amount when you book the event. All donations gratefully received.


Eco Printing in the Classroom

Eco Printing in the Classroom

Mixing it up in a school Eco Project


Rachel Addy, an AO, teaching at GMS Marlow, also a Textile Skills Centre associate member, has passed on her newly found creative skills, gained at a recent eco-printing workshop with Fiona Balding, to a group of prospective year 6 students in a ‘eco-friendly Food & Textile summer workshop’.

The aim of the workshop was to educate the students about the harmful effects of chemical & plastic waste on the environment whilst also encouraging them to think about ways they can use natural resources to create a reusable eco-product.

student work showing eco printing

Textiles teamed up with the food department where the students baked a loaf of bread. This is where we opened a conversation about plastics that are used in bread packaging. The students then came over to the textiles department to make an eco-printed piece of fabric that could then be used as an alternative way to store bread (classic Dick Whittington). We embarked on conversations regarding single and multiple-use textiles and continued to develop this into textiles lead debate regarding plastics used in fashion manufacturing.

Prepping for eco printing workshop







The students really enjoyed their day, especially foraging for leaves and creating beautiful and unique fabric pieces from their finds.

Each student took home a loaf of bread, a fabric wrap, and a story to tell their parents and carers as to why we should reduce the amount of plastic we use.


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