Anō Anō

The Upcycle Space


Anō anō is a space for the community to come together and find creative and inspiring ways to keep old clothes, fabric and textile waste out of landfills. 

Come on by to a drop in sewing session and see what it's all about.  1 - 4pm Tuesday, and 3 - 7pm Thursday.  Or contact our facilitator, Merryn at or on 0278222882

We provide education and workshops around the impact of fast fashion and the textile industry, and offer alternative, sustainable choices.  We can create workshops especially to fit the needs of individuals and groups looking to up-skill, get creative, or just have fun in a group with fabric and handcrafts.  

You might like to come into Anō anō and work with the sewing machines, overlockers, and have fun sewing.  Or you might prefer to sit under a tree or in a community hall space and learn handcrafts while listening to storytelling.  We can teach things like visible mending, easy ways to repurpose old clothes, crochet, knitting, pom poms, various types of weaving, cord-making, bookbinding, dyeing, etc, and we can tailor something to fit your age group and skill level.  We're open to any ideas or suggestions you might have for workshops, collaborations, and events.

We're also keen to connect with local businesses who are looking for sustainable alternatives to disposable packaging and single use plastics.  Some examples of this are: laundry bags made from old sheets for laundromats, mesh produce/dry goods bags for grocery stores and markets, and fabric cup holders to slide over jars instead of coffee cups for cafes.  Let us know your ideas!


Anō Anō

Why we do it

Did you know that about 100 million kgs of old clothing ends up in landfills in Aotearoa each year? That’s heavier than all the houses in Kaitaia. Or every car in Whangarei!

In the old days, the average person owned 17 garments. All of these items would be patched and mended as they wore out, turned into other garments, and finally replaced when they could only be used for rags.  Even then, the rags could be thrown in the compost, because they were made using natural fibres that break down easily. 

Clothing was also quite expensive in comparison to wages, and used good quality, long-lasting fabrics. These days on average, people buy 22 new pieces of clothing a year, only wearing each piece about 10 times before getting rid of it.  Today's fabrics are often made cheaply, using synthetic fibres, which wear out fast, and aren't good for the environment when they're thrown away.

When we get rid of our old clothing, most of us will give it to friends, family, or donate it to op shops but there's just too much poor quality clothing for op-shops to deal with. We talked to two op-shops in Kaitaia - one of them sends 7 wheely bins of clothes to the landfill every week. The other has between 2 and 8 black rubbish bags every day.

At Anō anō, we want to do something about that.  This means changing our relationship with clothes, and making it fun.  Come say hi if you want to be part of the change!