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Redbridge Clothes Swap - Help reduce clothing waste and make fashion more sustainable

Published: 6 June 2024

Redbridge Council has teamed up with the East London Waste Authority to run a community clothes swap to support the reduction of clothing waste in the borough.

The event is at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, on Wednesday 19 June, from 5pm to 7pm.

Bring along accessories and clothing you have, in a good condition, to the library for a rolling 'drop and swap'.

Free entry includes refreshments, clothing upcycling and up to 5 ‘new to you’ items. Clothes swaps are a great way to breathe new life into unwanted clothes, helping make fashion more sustainable by reducing clothes waste in the borough.

An estimated 350,000 tonnes of clothing are binned in the UK each year, and every time you throw away an item of clothing it’s costing the earth, as well as your wallet.

To produce new clothing the fashion industry uses unsustainable amounts of water, fossil fuels and energy. Many manufacturing processes are also associated with chemicals, waste and pollution – all of which has a harmful impact on our environment.

Want to join the fight back against wasteful fashion? Head to Redbridge Council’s website to find out how you can help reduce clothing waste in the borough:

Packed with information advice and tips, the dedicated webpage highlights ways to reduce, reuse and recycle clothes, as well as how to dress for less the eco-friendly way

Redbridge Council’s Neighbourhood Manager, Joanne Smallman, said: “With fashion trends changing fast, and cheap clothing readily available online and on the high street, it might be tempting to change wardrobes often, but it comes at a great cost to our environment. One of the easiest ways we can all play a part to help tackle climate change is to reduce, re-use and recycle, and clothing is good place to start.” 

The Council has also teamed up with UK clothing charity TRAID to offer local people a free, bookable, doorstep collection service for unwanted clothes. Donated items go to TRAID’s charity shop, dedicated to selling pre-loved clothes with sale proceeds helping fund and resource social projects, and activities aimed at tackling clothing waste.

To book a clothing collection by TRAID go to: