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Sustainable clothes swaps

It's time to start sorting through your wardrobes because due to popular demand, Sustainable Clothes Swaps are back!

The three upcoming autumn swaps are being held on 9 and 10 June at The Forum, Hemel Hempstead.

Taking part is simple – during the 'drop off' time bring along a maximum of ten unwanted, good quality clothes (adult sizes only) and earn one credit per item.

During the 'swap time' exchange your credit for items which are new-to-you. Check the rules below to make sure you bring the right items.

  • Friday 9 June Drop off: 11:30am - 12.30pm Swap: 1:00 - 2:00pm
  • Friday 9 June Drop off: 5:30pm - 6:30pm Swap: 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday 10 June Drop off: 10:00 - 11:00pm Swap: 12:00 – 2:00pm

The nearest parking is the Watergardens or Marlowes car park.

Make sure to share this event and invite any friends and family along who may be interested. I have attached a copy of our poster and our Facebook event page is here:

Swap Rules

  • We can accept a maximum of ten items per person in adult sizes only.
  • Items accepted: good quality adult sizes clothes
  • Items not accepted: bad quality items (dirty, ripped, torn, stained, broken zips, etc) shoes, bags, jewellery, underwear, nightwear, swimwear or babies and children's clothes.
  • This event is for good quality, unwanted clothing only, if you have any unwearable clothing, this can either be repaired, or recycled in a textile bank.
  • Bring your own reusable bags to take items home – carrier bags will not be provided.
  • You can drop off your items at one event, and use your credit at another event
  • On Saturday 10 June all credit will be worth double, subject to availability - e.g if you bring 10 items you can take home 20 items
  • All credit from these swaps will expire at 2pm on Saturday 10 June and cannot be used at swaps later in the year
  • Any items remaining by the end of Saturday at 2pm will either be donated to charity or saved for another swap.

How do the clothes in my wardrobe affect the environment?

  • The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions. This means the clothes that we buy are contributing to climate change more than air and sea travel combined.
  • Textiles production is the world's second largest industrial polluter after oil.
  • Every year, Hertfordshire residents throw over 7000 tonnes of textiles into their rubbish bins, when they could have been reused, repaired or recycled.

On average 30% of what's in our wardrobes hasn't been worn for over a year. Clothes swapping is a great, easy way to update your wardrobe. It's guilt-free shopping with no cost to you or the environment.

So remember, second-hand doesn't mean second-best! Come along to one of our clothes swaps and enjoy swapping not shopping.

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Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2023 13:09 by Town Warden

Tags: Clothes Swap, Clothing, Recycling, Textile