Tuesday, October 21, 2014

clothes swap 2014

We'll be celebrating National Recycling Week again this year with a community Clothes Swap at the Cultural Centre on Saturday November 8 between 9am and 1pm.

Held simultaneously with the Bookfest, another great recycling event, the Clothes Swap includes women’s, men’s, children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. 

Bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories and it's free to swap, or only a gold coin donation to buy.

Upcycled bags will be available to purchase, and there'll be displays and demonstrations of some great upcycled textile ideas.

Local upcycler Anita Egginton will show visitors how easy it can be to sew shopping bags and library bags which can then be used to carry home ‘new’ clothes or books from the next door Book Fest. Anita is also demonstrating how to easily refashion men’s shirts into women’s summer tops.

Other demonstrations include local artist Sal Hart showing innovative weaving techniques to create bags from used baling twine via extra large French knitting devices.
There’ll also be a small suitcase rummage with lots of bargains to be had from a suitcase.

Clothes Swaps promote the perks of reuse and recycling and are great for the environment, but they’re also a fun and interactive way to refresh your wardrobes and cleanse your collections for free, making it a budget-friendly alternative to buying new.

Swapping just one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years.

We invite people to participate and bring along a few items to swap, or just come and talk to us and learn more about the broader theme of minimising waste.

As well as the focus on clothes, it's a great opportunity to bring along things which BOSS collects for recycling initiatives, which include

  • mobile phones and accessories for the mobile muster
  • corks and household batteries for recycling
  • old plastic store cards to be upcycled into guitar picks
  • old running shoes for the nike re-use-a-shoe campaign, and
  • bras and swimmers for project uplift
  • fabric for bags and other crafts, including tablecloths, curtains and sheets,
  • old metal kitchenalia for the JUnkyard Dogs Upcycled Marching Band.

We’ll also have information there on recent innovations in recycling, including where people can take household batteries, soft plastics and ewaste.