You might have picked up a few tips on Earth-friendly fashion by reading some of the other articles in our fashion section. One such article, Seven tricks to becoming an eco-fashionista, suggests throwing a clothing swap party as “an easy, fun and free way to a new wardrobe.”

Well, we’re here to make it even easier for you. If you’re in the Seattle or Bellevue area, please join us for our first ever event hosted by Emeraldology!

Who

Summer Hanson of Emeraldology.com, Erin Keam of The Happy Wardrobe, and Jonni Ressler from 11elevensolutions are partnering together to host this clothing swap. All genders are welcome! For this event, we’ll be swapping adult clothing. Stay tuned for future events that will include children’s clothing!

What

It’s a swap party! One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Bring your unwanted but well-maintained clothing, shoes, and accessories, and find new treasures for yourself! Leftover items will be donated to Goodwill.

When

Monday, November 12, 2018

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Where

The event will be at The Riveter: Bellevue. Parking at this location is free!

Address: 1203 114th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

How

Here’s how it works:

  1. Bring clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. that you no longer want – no limits on amount, but please no stained, torn, pilling or broken items. For this swap, bring adult clothing only.
  2. Bring a bag to designate items you’ve claimed.
  3. From 5.30pm to 6pm we’ll sort everything into a variety of categories. Please be ready to help sort items as they arrive!
  4. At 6pm, your hosts will introduce themselves and give directions for the event.
  5. At 6.15 SHARP, swapping will commence! No limits on how much you can take away.

We will tidy up around 7.15pm. After the swap, we’ll donate leftover items to Goodwill. You’re also welcome to gather your items that weren’t claimed to donate to an organization of your choice.

Why

A fashion swap is a budget-friendly and Earth-friendly way to revamp your wardrobe.

Manufacturing clothing takes a lot of resources. For instance, it takes 713 gallons of water to make a single t-shirt! Not only is new clothing resource-intensive, harmful chemicals such as fertilizers and fabric dyes pollute the environment and absorb into our skin when we wear new clothing. Secondhand clothing requires no additional resources, and contains fewer toxic chemicals thanks to being washed by the previous owner.

According to Fashion Revolution, an international organization advocating for ethical and sustainable fashion, “the simplest way to extend the life of your clothes is by giving them a new owner.” Swapping with members of your own community ensures that your clothes are going to a happy new home. This is a more reliable alternative to donating to an organization which might ship items off to another country that doesn’t even want our discards.

We need to rethink how we buy, wear and dispose of fashion. That’s why we’re inviting you to this #haulternative event – a way to revamp your wardrobe without buying new clothes.

RSVP

This event is free, so you don’t need to purchase a ticket, but please RSVP at the link below so that we can get an accurate headcount. We also need names and email addresses for participants to be at The Riveter after hours.

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