Teign Estuary Transition will be holding another Clothes Swap on Saturday 17th May at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth.
This is a great opportunity to swap clothes that you no longer wear for clothes that you want to wear! It starts at 12 noon until 3.30 but you can drop off clothes between 10 to 11.30 when you will receive a ticket for each item of clothing. Return at 12.00 to ‘spend’ your tickets. Each item of clothing costs 1 ticket and, if you wish, you can also buy extra tickets for £1. Evening wear may be exchanged for 3 tickets.
Research showed there are three main reasons why we have so many clothes we no longer wear – they simply don’t fit, they’re suffering from wear or tear or we just haven’t got round to turning them out. If we could make more use of these clothes, through alteration, repair, multiple reuse and recycling, there’s great potential for consumers to realise some financial and environmental savings.
Around half of clothing is re‐used at present, and over two‐thirds of this goes overseas. Increasing the re‐use rate in the UK and for export would reduce the total waste each year. Things are improving in that there is significant willingness to buy or receive pre‐owned clothes – more than two‐thirds of adults have done so in the past year. But research shows that some 30% of clothing has not been worn for the last year and four in five people own at least some clothes that have not been worn because they no longer fit or need altering. This indicates there may be substantial volume of good quality clothing suitable for reuse. 30% is also the figure of clothing estimated to go to landfill. If all this material was donated for re‐use or recycling, it would provide £140 million or more (at June 2012 prices).
One of the ways which we can extend the life of our unwanted clothing is by passing them on to others and so do come and enjoy our Clothes Swap on Sat 17th.