Fast fashion can make us feel like clothing is disposable. Is this scenario familiar? Heidi bought a dress to wear out to a party last week and is now sick of it, but hey, it only cost $40 so it’s no big deal to her so she chucks it out.
Just imagine if everyone in Australia did that to just one item? In Australia, we generate 6000 kilograms of clothing waste every 10 minutes (ABC TV). Only a comparatively small percentage of what we donate to charity shops gets sold with the rest ending up in landfill.
So what can we do to reduce clothing waste? Swap our clothes of course! A clothes swap brings all the thrill of getting something new without hurting the environment.
This sunday, a Clothes Swap & Style event is taking place at the Nishi Building in New Acton, Canberra. As well as swapping fun, the event will include seasonal styling tips, bubbly and nibbles. The swap is for everyone and all dress sizes.
How it works:
- Come with 1–15 items of clothing or accessories to add to the swap collection pool.
- After the welcome and brief styling workshop by the host, swap shopping will officially begin. Guests can start browsing, picking and trying on any garments and accessories and then take home as much as they like.
- At the end of the swap, participants can choose to take home remaining items they brought that have not been taken or they can leave them at the swap to be donated to organisations or people in need.
- What to bring: dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery.
- Don’t bring: earrings, swimwear, underwear or nightwear.
- Items can be handmade, high street/shopping centre, vintage or retro.
- Clothes must be clean and in a condition that’s not too heavily worn or too damaged. Think about the kind of thing you would give your best friend.