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Revamp your wardrobe at clothes swap events


Clothes swap

We're holding three clothes swap events over two days on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October 2021 at The Forum, Hemel Hempstead. Residents can bring items they no longer wear and exchange them for something different - it’s like shopping but at no cost to you or the environment.

The fashion industry generates 10 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions annually and is estimated to use around 1.5 trillion litres of water every year. In the UK, we buy more clothes per head than any other country in Europe, but cheap fast fashion means much of it is thrown away within a year, sometimes never having been worn.

Clothes swaps are the perfect way to refresh your wardrobe without needing to buy anything new. Simply bring along up to 10 good-quality items you no longer wear in exchange for credits. You can then swap the credits for “new-to-you” items.

When and where?

First Floor (Conference Rooms 1 and 2), The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN.

  • Friday 15 October (session 1) - Drop off: 10am to 11.30am. Swap: Midday to 2pm
  • Friday 15 October (session 2) - Drop off: 3pm to 4.30pm. Swap: 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 16 October - Drop off: 9am to 10am. Swap: 11am to 3pm.

Swap rules

  • We can accept a maximum of 10 items per person in adult sizes only.
  • Items accepted: good-quality clothes only (no shoes and bags).
  • Items not accepted: bad-quality items (dirty, ripped, torn, stained, broken zips), shoes, bags, jewellery, underwear, nightwear, swimwear or babies and children’s clothes.
  • Bring your own reusable bags to take items home - carrier bags will not be provided.
  • Any items remaining by the end will be donated to a charity shop.

This event is for swapping good-quality clothing only. Items that are not good quality can either be repaired, recycled at your local neighbourhood textile recycling bank or some retailers have take-back schemes.

You can find your nearest recycling bank by visiting our Recycling centres page.

So come along and swap not shop, give your items a new home and find your own second-hand gems whilst being kinder to your wallet and the planet.

For more information, please visit our Clothes and textiles page.