Freshen up your wardrobe at clothes swap event

Clothes Swap Event at Berkhamsted Civic Centre

For the Great Big Green Week and Second Hand September, we're hosting a Sustainable Clothes Swap in partnership with local charity Open Door on 25 September 2022 at Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Clothes swapping is a great, easy way to update your wardrobe. It’s guilt-free shopping with no cost to you or the environment. Just bring along your good quality items you no longer wear and exchange them for something new to you.

As well as the swap, experts from Open Door’s Make and Mend workshops will be hosting a free sewing demonstration on the day (12.30pm to 1pm) to show residents some simple fixes to extend the life of clothes. Make and Mend was partly funded by our Green Grant and offers a range of sewing courses and workshops. These courses aim to equip people with the skills to repair and alter clothes and even make their own, providing a more sustainable alternative to fast fashion purchases.

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. This means the clothes that we buy are contributing to climate change more than air and sea travel combined. Textile production is also the world’s second largest industrial polluter after oil.

Taking part in the Clothes Swap is simple - during the drop-off time (11am to midday) bring along a maximum of 10 unwanted, good quality clothes (adult sizes only) and earn one credit per item.

During the swap time (1pm to 2pm) exchange your credits for items that are new to you.

This event is for swapping good-quality clothing only. Items that are not good quality can either be repaired or recycled at your local neighbourhood textile recycling bank or at a retailer take-back schemes. Please visit our Recycling centres page for more information and locations of textile recycling banks.

Any items remaining by the end of the day will be donated to charity.

For full details, please visit our Clothes and textiles page.