A new wardrobe shouldn’t have to cost a fortune…
Have a look below for some information on clothes swaps, including how they started and how to organise your own!
Why clothes swaps?
It’s common knowledge that people in the UK have a serious obsession with shopping. In fact 50% of all the products we buy are clothes!
On average, we throw away 30kg of unwanted items per person each year. Not only is this damaging to the environment but it’s damaging to our pockets as well.
Instead of throwing all of these clothes away why not attend or organise a clothes swap party?
What is a clothes swap/swish?
Clothes swaps, also called swishing parties, involve the swapping of your unwanted menswear, womenswear and childrenswear with other people. It’s a great opportunity for you to get rid of all those clothes cluttering up wardrobes.
People are asked to bring at least one item of unwanted clothing with them, the value of the items do not matter, as long as they are in a decent wearable condition. They can then look at the other donated clothes and pick out items they like for free. The more people that attend, the more clothes are donated and therefore the more choice available.
It first began when Lucy Shea, founder of green PR firm Futerra, and her work colleagues wanted to come up with a way to combine a love of retail shopping without contributing to increased consumption.
Click here to find out if there are any clothes swaps/swishing events near you. Alternatively why not organise your own?
Organising a clothes swap/swishing party
Organising a clothes swap doesn’t have to be a lot of work, it can be as big or small as you want it to be.
How about inviting some friends over with some drinks and nibbles and swapping your clothes that way? You could also hold an event at your local coffee morning, community centre or school.
If you’re feeling adventurous why not organise a larger scale event whilst raising money for charity at the same time?
We’ve put together a Clothes Swap Kit for putting on your own swap:
Clothes Swap Kits can be borrowed from the following locations (please note that staff and kits are not permanently located on all sites, so a minimum of a week’s notice is needed):
- Recycle Devon, c/o Pinbrook Road HWRC: available Monday – Wednesday, 10am-4pm
- Exeter City Council: available Monday – Friday, 10am-3pm
- Teignbridge District Council: available Tuesday – Thursday, 10am to 3pm
- East Devon District Council: available Monday – Friday, 9am-4.30pm