Why shop when you can swap? Glos Joint Waste Team organises free clothes swap

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Sue Coakley, chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee

Gloucestershire residents are invited to attend a free clothes swap event to be held in Newent later this month.

The swap is being organised by Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team in support of the national ‘Love Your Clothes’ campaign which aims to keep textiles out of landfill by providing advice on how clothes can be cared for to make them last longer as well as tips on upcycling, recycling and reuse.

The event is taking place on Saturday 25 March (10.30am-12.30pm) at the Memorial Hall, Bury Bar Lane in Newent. Clothing can be dropped off at the venue from 9.30am to give time for items to be sorted and displayed prior to the event start. Clothing, and any footwear, bags or accessories, need to be in good clean condition so they can be re-worn or reused.

A seamstress will also be on hand during the morning to give tailoring advice to help ‘swappers’ make the most of their new clothing finds.

Sue Coakley, chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee, said: ‘Clothes swaps are a great opportunity to declutter wardrobes while having some fun. Almost a third of all clothing in the UK has not been worn in the past year which is a great waste given the amount of energy, water and resources which are used during the manufacturing process.

"Swapping is a cost-free way to find new things to wear and pass on any good quality, unwanted clothing in need of a new home," she added.

Marrilyn Smart, cabinet member for the environment at the Forest of Dean District Council, stated: "Three out of four of us admit to owning items of clothing that have never even been worn and yet our clothes will have travelled hundreds and most likely thousands of miles to make it to the shop floor with huge cost to the environment. This is such a waste.

"As a nation we are buying more clothes than ever before, but many items which could have been reused are still ending up in landfill. We hope the clothes swap will inspire more residents to buy and waste less and ensure that clothing which is no longer wanted is given a new lease of life."

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