Swishes, or clothes swap parties are a fun, free way to refresh your wardrobe without buying new clothes. The fashion industry has a huge environmental footprint, accounting for more carbon emissions than aviation and shipping combined, and is often exploitative of workers too. Meanwhile, an average Briton’s wardrobe contains a whopping 57 unworn items!*
It’s those under-worn clothes you’ve fallen out of love with that we want you to dig out from your wardrobe and swap with others. Bring women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, shoes and accessories in good, clean condition**. You can bring and take as much as you like***.
Our first event is Saturday 16 March at Cottenham Village Hall, Lambs Lane Recreation Ground CB24 8TA. Drop your items off at 1:45pm and whilst we sort your clothes there will be refreshments and stalls from local groups. Swishing will start at 2:15pm and end at 3:45pm.
All leftover clothes will be donated to charity. This is a free event organised by Sustainable Cottenham. Donations gratefully received towards our costs (please bring some cash!), all welcome.
*Figures from this BBC article on Fast Fashion
**No underwear, please.
***Please only take what you/your family will personally use – not to sell on. We reserve the right to challenge anyone not acting in the spirit of the event.