The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. This is more than international aviation and shipping combined. Swapping or buying second-hand clothing reduces the need for raw materials to make your clothes. Reducing carbon emissions from production, transportation and waste will help us reach net zero.
Find out more ways that you can get involved with tackling the climate emergency.
In 2020, 325 tonnes were collected for recycling in Jersey. This quantity is much lower than in previous years most likely because recycling banks were closed for some of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2019, 580 tonnes of textiles were collected for recycling in Jersey. We estimate that the same amount of unwanted textiles were thrown in the bin. The amount of textiles that we throw away as rubbish each year weighs the same as the entire Liberty Bus fleet in Jersey. Liberty Bus have 12 double decker buses and 65 single deck buses.
Our New2Me campaign has a focus on textiles, in particular what we do with clothes that we don't wear anymore. We hope to inspire people to reduce the number of new items they buy and to think about how they dispose of textiles they no longer want. The campaign is to encouraging sharing, swapping, re-using, buying second-hand, fixing and re-wearing items. We’re challenging ourselves to rethink the way we shop.
Second-hand September is a global initiative to encourage people to shop second hand and to pass things on when they are finished with. During September we are hosting several events. We would also like to encourage others to put on their own events and take action. If you would like any advice on putting on your own event, email Climate Emergency.
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Organising a clothes swap
A clothes swap is a fun and sustainable way to trade some of your old unwanted items for
something that’s new to you, but not new to the earth. Swapping or buying second-hand clothing reduces the need for raw materials to make your clothes,
reducing carbon emissions from production, transportation and waste.
Organising a clothes swap doesn't have to be hard. It could just be getting a group of friends together. But if you want to put on something a bit bigger then download the how to organise a clothes swap guide to find out more.
A quick guide to putting on a clothes swap
- find like-minded people to help you run the event
- find a venue
- promote the event
- collect the clothes that are going to be swapped
- provide tokens to issue to people providing clothes for swapping
- arrange how you will show the clothes for example you might need some clothes rails
- complete a risk assessment
- set the venue up before your guests arrive
- tidy up after the event
- donate any left over clothes to a charity shop or keep them for your next swap