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Swap ‘til you drop at Brixton ‘clothes swapping’ party

Fashion fans can boost their wardrobes by coming to a special clothes swapping party at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton on Tuesday November 23rd.

The ‘Lambeth Swish’ will allow people to bring along clothes that are lying unloved in their wardrobe and in return take away items they like, absolutely free.

The event is designed to reduce the amount of textiles dumped in landfill sites, and has been organised by Recycle for London in partnership with Lambeth Council.

To take part, all you need to do is bring along some tems of clothing, pairs of shoes, bags or accessories. The items must be clean, in good condition and something that you are proud to hand on. In return you can swap them for anything that takes your fancy. The event is being delivered in partnership with London based textile charity TRAID, who will take away any unwanted items for charity reuse or recycling.

The Lambeth Swish takes place on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane. People can drop off items and browse what’s available from 7pm, and the party runs from 7.30- 9.30pm.

Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said: “This promises to be great fun and an opportunity to spice up your wardrobe by picking up something for free. Too many textiles end up in landfill sites because they are simply thrown away. With the cost of disposing of waste rising every year it’s vital that we all think more carefully about what we throw away, and whether we can reuse things or find a new home for them. That’s why events like this are a brilliant idea.”

Londoners throw away an estimated 800,000 black bin bags or 100,000 tonnes of textiles each year, 95 per cent of which could have been recycled. Synthetic, manmade fibres do not decompose. Woollen garments do decompose, but in doing so they produce methane, which contributes to global warming and climate change.

The Lambeth Swish is one of a series of similar events happening across London organised by Recycle for London and local councils.

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