Did you know people in the UK have an estimated £30 billion worth of unworn clothes in their wardrobes*. Plus £140 million of unused clothing (UK) goes to landfill every year*. Landfill, not even recycled! The clothing and textile industry is the second biggest polluter on the planet behind oil. Shocking statistics, which are hard to put into context, I know!
I’ve shopped in charity shops, at car boot sales or on eBay for years for the majority of my clothes but this year I’ve been doing things different. A friend of mine organised a clothes swap at the beginning of the year, then another.
The concept is a simple one – you take along any clothes and shoes you no longer want, hang them up, then have a browse to see if there’s anything you’d like to take back with you. Perfect. The first time I came back with 5 items. The second time I came back with nothing. That was absolutely fine. The clothes that are left are then donated to a charity shop. The next meet up is in September but it’s going to be bigger as a few of us have also discovered the KonMari method so we have a few more clothes (and costume jewellery) to depart with 😂😂
Let me know if you and your friends do something similar. It’d be nice to know we can make a tiny difference 💚
*Find out more at http://www.wrap.org.uk