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The Northern Rivers will be holding a massive clothes swap as part of this global campaign.

The time of preloved clothes has come. Tends predict that the global rise in the reuse of clothes will overtake fast fashion in the next decade. Sales of secondhand clothes in the United States, for example, have grown 21 times faster than sales of new clothes over the last three years.

As sustainability moves from a perk to a priority, fashion has become a force for good. Through conscious ethical decisions, consumers are able to help ease the pressure on the planet while satisfying their consumerist desires.

Meeting the demands for variety and value, reused is no longer the necessity of some but rather the choice of many.

It is estimated that the fashion industry, one of the largest polluters on the planet, produces 100 million new items of clothing a year. Three out of five of these will become landfill within 12 months of being bought.

Resale powers the rotation of these clothes. It offers the wardrobe changing fun of fast fashion without the guilt of waste. By driving preferences away from disposable fashion towards reusing higher quality clothes, reuse is a boon for both personal style and the planet.

Clothing exchange shop The Circular Closet is hostessing a clothes swap to help encourage the reuse and circulation of our clothes. The average woman uses 20% of her wardrobe 80% of the time. The clothes swap helps the poor old 80% see the light of day, while satisfying our desires for new clothes.

Participants are encouraged to bring up to five clean, good quality items to swap. It’s only $10 to participate to cover costs and it is to be held in Prospero St, South Murwillimbah. It starts at 3pm, this Saturday 27 April.

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