A charity clothes swap is taking take place in Slough for International Women’s Day next month.
The sustainable fashion initiative will be hosted by Slough BID and Slough Anti-Litter Society for residents to swap garments in aid of the charity, Target Ovarian Cancer.
A diverse selection of pre-loved clothing will be on offer for attendees as well as educational workshops on sustainable fashion practices.
Chair of Slough Anti-Litter Society Tirza Meinema said: “I am excited to host the event to promote recycling and reduce textile waste. It’s also a great opportunity to find unique and gently used clothing items at a fraction of the price.”
Organisers said the clothing swap event aims to promote the circular economy model and a sense of social responsibility.
Rifat Iqbal-Khan from Slough BID marketing and events added: “By embracing clothes swaps, we not only refresh our wardrobes but also renew our commitment to sustainability, one outfit at a time.
“350,000 tonnes, that’s around £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothes go to landfill in the UK every year.”
The event on Saturday, March 9 will take place at the Ping Pong Parlour in Queensmere Shopping Centre and starts at 1pm.
Tickets for the event are £5 and include participation in the clothes swap and tea, coffee and cake, with all proceeds going to charity.
On arrival, attendees can hand in a maximum of ten clean, gently used clothing items in exchange for tokens.
A workshop called ‘Style and resilience’ will take place at 1.30pm, followed by a panel of speakers on ‘Inspire inclusion in 2024’.
Among the panellists are the co-founder of Asian Star Radio and community group Knit Your Socks Off, Sbba Siddiqui, style coach, Claire Giacobbe of ‘I Got Style’, Samina Hussain, co-founder of Sakoon through Cancer which supports South Asian breast cancer survivors and life coach Bep Dhaliwal from Thrive365.
From 2.30pm, attendees can spend their tokens on ‘new-to-you’ pieces of clothing.
Those interested in attending the workshop and panel alone can attend for free with refreshments available to purchase.
The event is supported by Slough BID, Slough Anti-Litter Society, Queensmere Observatory, I Got Style, Goodgym Slough, Thrive365, Knit Your Socks Off, Sakoon Through Cancer and Asian Star.
More information and tickets are available at www.antilitter.org.uk/swap