Organise your own ‘clothes swap’

Posted on: 19 November 2015

Green-friendly Devon residents are being urged by Recycle Devon to do their bit to help the environment by organising their own ‘clothes swap.’

This Sunday, November 22, The Coaver Club will be the venue of the Exeter Clothes Swap.

Residents who want to organise their own event will be able to pick up a special ‘toolkit’ at the event.

This will include a ‘How To…’ guide for each of the events, and all of the equipment and materials that you might need such as coat hangers, hanging rails and a poster template.

At the event Recycle Devon’s Re-Use Project Co-ordinator, Emma Croft, will be available to support and advise organisers on the process of setting up and running an event.

She said: “It’s a great way to pass on clothes that we no longer need or want to someone else that can give them a new lease of life.

“Lots of communities around Devon are holding their own events already and we want to encourage more towns and villages to swap not shop!

“Around 30 per cent of clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn for more than a year which equates to about £1000 worth of clothes that could happily find a new home.”

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services said:

“Swishing is a great way of getting a new wardrobe without it costing you anything and breathing new life into clothes you don’t want without adding to the 300,000 tonnes of rubbish that we throw away in Devon each year.”

“The more events that are organised the fewer textiles we throw away.”

To find out more come along to the Exeter Clothes Swap at County Hall’s Coaver Club.

Just drop-off your unwanted clothes between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and then come back for the swap between 5pm and 6pm.

The event costs £5 to take part in and you can take a maximum of 15 items.

To celebrate clothes swaps and the launch of the kit there will also be a pop-up photo booth where you can have your photo taken wearing your new finds.

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