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Clothes Swap

Last Modified April 20, 2022

Clothes Swap

Next event:

Saturday 24 September 2022 at The Radlett Centre, WD7 8HL.

How it works

A clothes swap, also known as 'swishing' is a great way to update your wardrobe for free! You bring along clothes you no longer wear and swap them for somebody else's.

  • 10-11am           Drop off clothes upstairs in The Radlett Centre.
  • 11am-12pm      Have a coffee/cake in Teatro Cafe downstairs in The Radlett Centre or take a quick stroll to the local shops. 
  • 12-1:30pm        Swapping starts. Grab yourself some FREE clothes!

Any clothes that remain at the end of the event will be donated to charity. 

The Rules

  • You can bring a maximum of 10 items.
  • Items must be good quality, in a condition that you would wish to take home i.e. nothing too worn, no bobbles, rips, stains, broken zips etc.
  • Clothes only please - no footwear, jewellery, or accessories and no underwear or swimwear.
  • Both men's/women's clothes welcome, no childrenswear.


Why buy second hand?

It's much cheaper and it helps the environment to buy second-hand. Here's some great reasons to make you consider hitting that charity shop more often:

  • 30% of what is in our wardrobes hasn't been worn for over a year.
  • Clothes in landfill sites release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.
  • Textiles production is the world's second largest industrial polluter after oil.
  • The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions. This means clothes that we buy are contributing to climate change more than air and sea travel combined.
  • It can take 2,700 litres of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt.
  • In the UK we buy more clothes than any other country in Europe.
  • The trend of 'fast fashion' has resulted in more than half of items bought being thrown away in less than a year.
  • Around £140 million worth of clothes goes in our general waste bins in the UK every year - that's around 350,000 tonnes.


The Unwearables: if its ripped or torn or stained you can still recycle it!

Most of your worn out and unwanted old textiles can be recycling into something completely new - things like blankets, car seats and padding for chairs.

Please don't throw clothes in your household rubbish bin, instead you can take them to a local textile bank available at local recycling sites in Hertsmere or many supermarkets/car parks. 

For more information please contact: street.scene@hertsmere.gov.uk 







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