According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. Additionally, an estimated 60% of all clothing finds itself in a landfill less than a year after being made.
The best way to reduce the environmental impact of an article of clothing is to extend its life as long as possible.
So on Friday, August 9, we hosted our third annual Swap Shop event to promote the circular economy by offering an opportunity to swap gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories.
Over 300 members of the DC community gathered at Wunder Garten to exchange their old clothing for new items. Over 4,500 items were brought to the event, creating a wide swapping array for guests to find new wardrobe pieces. At the end of the day, leftover clothing was donated to Goodwill – 1,063 pounds worth – which filled an entire Uhaul van!
In addition to the clothing swap, we partnered with DC Sustainable Fashion Collective to host a textiles recycling table, and 50 pounds of old textiles were collected. We were also joined by The DC Department of Energy and Environment, ReThread DC, Remake and Goodwill’s Finding Your Good.