Each year in Devon we throw away over £4 million worth of textiles that could have been repaired or simply reused. Recycle Devon would like to help residents to give some of these items another chance!
If you’re interested in exchanging your pre-loved belongings for someone else’s and in helping others to do the same, Recycle Devon has some tools to help. We have FREE event toolkits to enable you to put on your own swishes (clothes swaps) or shwops (“Give & Take” events for exchanging household/garden items). These events are not only a great way to reduce waste but can also be a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for a charity or cause if you choose to charge for entry or refreshments.
Each kit comprises a detailed guide to help your event run smoothly from beginning to end, as well as useful equipment like clothes rails, hangers, table labels and poster templates. You would also have the assistance of our Reuse Project Co-ordinator for support and advice throughout.
Communities across Devon are already holding swishes and shwops; click the following link to see a Give and Take shop in action: https://sustainablecrediton.org.uk/waste/yearbook/2015/pop-up-shed.aspx.
If you’re interested and would like to make use of our kits, or would like to find out more, then get in touch:
Phone: 07966 566435
It would be great to see even more people swapping, not shopping!
Waste Management Intern
Devon County Council