Recycle Devon encourages clothes swap

Posted on: 18 November 2015

Interested in running your own clothes swap?  Recycle Devon, a county-wide recycling campaign, would like to help. It has put together a swap event toolkit which enables members of the public to put on their own clothes swap, also known as a ‘swish’. The kit will be launched at the Exeter Clothes Swap on 22 November and includes a complete ‘How To…’ guide for each of the events and all of the equipment and materials that you might need such as coat hangers, hanging rails and a poster template. Additionally, Recycle Devon’s Re-Use Project Co-ordinator, Emma Croft, will be available to support and advise you throughout the process of setting up and running your event.

“Swishing is a great way to pass on clothes that we no longer need or want to someone else that can give them a new lease of life. Lots of communities around Devon are holding their own events already and we want to encourage more towns and villages to swap not shop!  Around 30% of clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn for more than a year which equates to about £1000 worth of clothes that could happily find a new home.” said Emma.

To find out more about the kit and these kinds of events why not come along to the Exeter Clothes Swap at County Hall’s Coaver Club. Just drop-off your pre-loved items between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and then come back for the swap between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. The event costs £5 to take part in and you can take a maximum of 15 items. To celebrate clothes swaps and the launch of the kit there will also be a pop-up photo booth where you can have your photo taken wearing your new finds.

Sarah McDonald organises the Exeter Clothes Swap and her advice for anyone looking to organise something similar is “just do it!  If getting it organised is what’s putting you off, then just rope in a few friends to help you. Either that or organise a small-scale swap in your front room with just your friends and family to make it simple. Clothes swapping is brilliant!”

For further information, please contact: Emma Croft, Reuse Project Co-ordinator at Devon County Council: or 07966 566435 or visit

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