Newent clothes swap free event

Local residents are invited to come along to 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.

Councillor Sue Coakley, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee said: ‘Clothes swaps are a great opportunity to declutter wardrobes whilst 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.

Councillor Marrilyn Smart, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the Forest of Dean District Council said: ‘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.’

For those unable to attend, there are still many other ways that unwanted clothing can be put to good use, whether by giving items to family members and friends, donating to local charity shops or using one of the textile recycling banks located across the county.

Anyone interested in attending should register by contacting the Joint Waste Team on email: waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk as places are limited.

The event is supported by sustainability charity, Vision 21.

More information about textile waste, how to make repairs and wash and care for garments can be found by visiting www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council. 

 

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