Challenge #39 ~ Swap & Exchange

Read the blog post on the November Theme – FASHION

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Ok, we have sorted, organized, and decluttered our wardrobes. There are pieces left over that are in good condition and too good to go to waste. What are the options? There are giveaways and then there are clothes that have true market value.

This week our challenge is to find a new home for the clothes we have had enough of and make sure they find their way to a new life. 

Getting rid of things sounds harsh, so end of life, but it does not have to be this way. We can have real fun finding new homes for our clothes. Opening our closets to friends for exchange or to the common good to give away things we no longer wear can bring true joy and satisfaction because it serves a purpose. It’s about doing a lot with less. 

A number of organizations, it could even be our workplaces, collect clothes for charity purposes and happily receive clothing. Donation boxes are publicly displayed so it only requires us to drive by and drop it off. Done! 

There are also opportunities to cash in on clothes with real market value! It’s a little more involved because it requires some preparation to make re-sale fashion a serious part of our regular shopping routine and become masters of fashion resale community. 

“In addition to the environmental benefit of keeping clothes in the circular economy, the other benefit is giving yourself an opportunity to declutter your closet and invite a new energy into your space. If you have clothing in your closet that you haven’t worn for months, something you’ve never worn or only worn once, or even things you don’t remember buying – it’s time to let it go and begin making more responsible consumer decisions. Let someone else love the clothes you weren’t able to. They will always carry a little bit of you with them on their next adventure!”

Cashing in on your Wardrobe: How to Re-sell your Clothes like a Pro

According to Naked Capitalism, “Many textiles that have petroleum-derived products in them, including spandex, acrylic, and polyester, are difficult, if not impossible, to recycle. (Ninety-eight million tons of oil were used in the textile industry in 2015. By 2050, that number is expected to be 300 million.)”

This weekly challenge addresses SDGs #3 Good Health and Wellbeing, #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, #12 Responsible Consumption and Production and #13 Climate Action

Get started with these tips

  • Check online for an organization that may collect clothing or foster exchange programs through donation, charity boxes or recycling programs, especially around holidays and special occasions like Ramadan.
  • Host a yard sale or start a business for pre-owned clothing to extend the economic value of clothing in a circular economy and cash in on it. 
  • Invite friends to Swap & Exchange. It could be a coffee morning, lunch, tea time or party, and it really is fun. Sometimes, when noticing how much other people like one’s clothes or how great they look in it, will either reignite our own love for a certain piece or give real joy and reward for giving it away, knowing the friend and clothes will appreciate the new union and life together.
  • Revisit purchase criteria. Before buying anything ask “Do I need it?” If the honest answer is ‘no’ then ask “Does it really make me happy?” If both are no, don’t buy it. It’s a simple guidance to self-control. Sometimes impulsiveness wins, and that’s ok because sometimes it doesn’t.  

Yes, you, too, can make a difference in the world, one person at a time.