Why swap clothes?
Hello friends. Today is the day. I've been working on something pretty exciting over the last couple of months, and I can finally spill the beans. 🥁 In November Count to Zero will be hosting it's first ever event! A beautiful, friendly, community Clothes Swap.
I'm organising this event with friend (and event pro) Tash Shields. This will not be a one-off event, but something that we host twice a year. Our first event, an Autumn/Winter affair, will be an evening that fosters fellowship and sustainable living.
Why swap clothes?
I've written before about the impact of the fashion industry on the earth. We've moved away from a seasonal approach to fashion, where we buy clothes maybe twice a year, to an industry which changes lines every week. It is estimated that 300,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown in landfill in the UK every year (Love Your Clothes).
How often do we throw away clothes that are in great condition simply because we are bored of them, or need a 'wardrobe clear out'? Sometimes we donate these clothes or take them to a charity shop. But that doesn't guarantee them a second life. A clothes swap is a great way to remedy this problem. By sharing our clothes with one another, we divert clothes from landfill (stopping pollution 🌍), reduce the consumption of new clothes, and build community.
A clothes swap also has economical benefits - you pay a fiver for entry to swap between 5 and 10 items (which normally would cost you way more). Plus we are hoping that guests will bring vintage and fancy items - how many times have you bought something for a wedding that you've only worn once? Bring them along (tag them as vintage or fancy so we can display them nicely), and let's shop one another's wardrobes.
A community event
Another wonderful benefit of a clothes swap is that it's a social affair. We want to host an evening where we can come together over wine and cheese, shop from each other's wardrobes and get to know new friends. In light of this, we wanted to make it really clear that this event is not aimed at only a certain age group. Everyone is welcome. Invite your trendy friends (and not so trendy friends too 🙋🏼♀️). Invite your mum, your aunty, your uncle (men are welcome by the way) and your neighbour.
For full details and to register please head to the event page.
Date: Monday 25th November 2019
Time: 7:15 - 10:00PM
Location: Kings Church London, The Green, Downham Way, Bromley BR1 5LS
I really hope that you will join us at this event, I am sure it will be an incredible evening. You can book into the event by clicking here. I hope to see you there.