GFX and West London Waste Authority present GFX London Swap and Pop-up Talks at the V&A
Date and time
Sunday 01 July 2018
10:00am - 5:30pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London
10:00am – 12:00pm – Clothes Drop Off
12:00pm – 13:30pm – Talks
14.30pm – 17:15pm – Swap
Come and listen to some of the biggest and most influential leaders in sustainability including: Fashion Revolution, C&A Foundation, GFX, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, WLWA, Common Objective, Fashion 4 Change, Avery Dennison, Traid, Mindrheo…
Advocates for sustainability in the fashion industry GFX and West London Waste Authority (WLWA) have joined forces to host a clothing swap and pop-up talks, to raise awareness of one of the most polluting industries in the world – textiles.
We throw away around 300,000 tonnes of textiles, resulting in over 5% of the UK’s annual carbon and water footprint– of these disposed textiles, only 16% are reused.
If everyone wore their clothes more, we could reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%. To put things into perspective – most people wear their clothing for an average of 7 days, when the average should be three years.
Through this swap, UK households can save up to £1000, the value of 1/3 of the clothes in their closets that they don’t wear, swapping these unwanted items for clothes they will actually wear – saving them money, while also making an impactful change on the world.
WHAT TO SWAP
Swapping works best when there is a high standard of quality ensuring everyone takes home something they’re happy with. With this in mind, we have some quality control standards in place for all our events.*
- Items should be clean, folded or pressed
- Items should be of good quality with a long potential lifespan
- Items should be likely to be valued by others – ask yourself, would I be happy to give this item to a friend?
- Items should be free of faults or with minor faults that are easy to repair (for example, a missing button)
- Please take extra care with garments made or wool, or fur or feather trims which may be attractive to museum insect pests in particular clothes moths and carpet beetle*
The best items to swap are good quality garments that you once loved but are no longer your favorites or perhaps no longer fit you perfectly. This way, you’re giving them a second life with someone new who will treasure them. Whatever you swap, please make sure to are emotionally detached from the item, as once it has been swapped you cannot change your mind, and any items left over (events only) go to charity.
*Note: At our events we have quality screening processes and do not accept anything pilled, pongy or too far from perfect. We do not exchange undergarments, swimwear or tracksuits. If you would like to bring garments or textiles not suitable for swapping, we will facilitate recycling for you. *Items with signs of infestation will be removed.
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