With the fashion industry being the world’s second largest polluter, Kiama Council’s sustainability activities organised around World Environment Day include Kiama’s first Clothes Swap Party.
The coordinator of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Kiama, Camilla Kerr-Ruston, explains the concept this way.
“If you are looking in your wardrobe at the outfit that you brought for your sister’s wedding, and it doesn’t fit any more, how do you get it out of the house and onto someone else’s sister to look ‘fabulous’ at a wedding?
“And how do you now replenish your wardrobe without hurting the planet?”
It will operate along classic swap meet lines – you bring clothes and accessories that you no longer want and take away ‘new’ items to wear.
To participate, women must be Kiama residents. They can bring up to seven items to be assessed for swapping on the drop-off day, and will receive a token for each acceptable item.
“We are looking for well cared for ladies clothing, footwear and jewellery,” says Camilla.
“Items must be unworn or lightly worn and be of the quality that you would be happy to give to a friend.”
The tokens must be brought back to use at the swap party. Each item requires one token to be re-homed. Full details of this and other sustainability events on Council’s website.
Clothes drop-off – Thurs 20 June, 4.30-7pm and Fri 21 June, 9-4pm
Clothes swapping – Fri 21 June, 6-8pm
Held at the Kiama Pavilion.