By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

This September, I am hosting a virtual clothes swap for those who are unable to attend in-person events. Personally, I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve RSVP’d to a clothes swap event that I’ve not been able to attend due to a flare-up or inaccessible venue.

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This free clothes swap is a way for those who are housebound to take part in a sustainable fashion event.

Find out more about the online clothes swap event here

Clothes swaps are an affordable way to take part in sustainable fashion. Cheap textile production is one of the most polluting industries in the world and is projected to contribute to 26% of global carbon emissions by 2050 (Greenpeace, 2019). By using the clothing we already have, we are reducing the amount going to landfill. Additionally, We are also preventing unnecessary consumption of fast fashion.

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Clothes Swap Accessibility

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Clothes swaps often require two trips, one to drop off our items and another one on the day of the event. For those who are housebound or only able to leave the house occasionally, this makes them inaccessible. Additionally, venues may not be accessible for wheelchair users which means that they will be excluded from the event.

Find out more about the online clothes swap event here

There are very few online retailers offering secondhand options and if they do, they are overpriced. This means that fast-fashion retailers are often the only option for those who are housebound.

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Tips for hosting your own clothes swap

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Once the pandemic is over, you may wish to host your own clothes swap. Here are four tips for making your clothes swap accessible:

1) At home event
If you are housebound, host the event at your own home and invite a few close friends and family to swap items with. This can be a really great way to connect with family or friends that you haven’t seen in a while and it is also a chance to refresh your wardrobe!

2) Wheelchair accessible
If you want to host a larger scale event at a local venue, ensure that it is wheelchair accessible. Additionally, make sure that bins, rails and tables are at wheelchair height.

3) Quiet browsing hour
For those with sensory issues, a dedicated quite browsing time will make the event more enjoyable to attend.

4) Use social media
Host an online-only event or list some items online if you are hosting an in-person event.

Final Thoughts

Clothes swaps are just one of the many options for reducing our reliance on fast fashion companies and are a fun way to refresh our wardrobe.

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