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  • Writer's pictureAnna Grace Du Noyer

Free Clothes for All in the Baltic Triangle TODAY (Saturday 26th August)

Re-fresh your wardrobe, for free!

Organised by Alex Keyter, a Baltic resident and local business owner, the Baltic Swap Shop event is set to take place in the sheds at Baltic Creative, right next to 92 Degrees Coffee on Jamaica Street.

Alex, originally from Southampton, was inspired by similar events he'd seen in Cardiff and other parts of the country. He moved to the Baltic Triangle a year and a half ago and saw an opportunity to foster community connections while promoting sustainability.

The Sustainability Crisis in Fashion

Alex points out a staggering fact: we have enough clothes on the planet to clothe the next six generations. Yet, a significant portion of these clothes are either gathering dust in wardrobes or ending up in landfills. The issue isn't scarcity; it's distribution. Swap shops like the Baltic Swap Shop offer a practical solution to this problem by redistributing clothes and preventing waste. Any remaining clothes at the end of the event are sent to Roberts Recycling for textile processing, ensuring a zero-waste cycle.

Style Swap Social and Baltic Swap Shop: A Symbiotic Relationship

As the director of Fierce Futures CIC and the project manager of Style Swap Social, I can attest to the transformative power of such events. The synergy between Style Swap Social and Baltic Swap Shop is palpable. Both initiatives are committed to reducing waste, promoting responsible consumption, and fostering community connections. We've seen firsthand the positive impact these events can have on local communities, and we're keen to collaborate with Alex and his team for future events.

The Mechanics: How It Works

The process is straightforward. Participants bring their old clothes to the venue and receive a token for each item. These tokens can then be exchanged for other items that have been donated. It's a simple yet effective way to refresh your wardrobe without contributing to the fast fashion problem. Note that certain items like shoes, underwear, and stained or torn clothes are not accepted.

The Philosophy: Beyond the Swap

The Baltic Swap Shop isn't just about swapping clothes; it's a statement about the kind of world we want to live in. It's a call to value quality over quantity, community over consumerism, and sustainability over superficiality. It aligns perfectly with the ethos of 'fearless self-expression' that I champion through my various Fierce Group brands.

Bring your quality clothes, grab some tokens, and let the swapping begin. Just remember, there are some no-nos (check the table for what's not accepted).

The Environmental Impact Swapping clothes is like carpooling for your wardrobe. It reduces your carbon footprint and minimises waste.

The Community Aspect Community is the backbone of any successful initiative. Baltic Swap Shop not only offers a sustainable choice but also a chance to connect with like-minded individuals.

Future Collaborations We are excited to be planning future collaborations and events with the Baltic team - we want to make sustainable fashion the norm, not the exception. Expanded FAQs 1. What items are accepted at the Baltic Swap Shop?

  • Answer: The Baltic Swap Shop accepts a variety of clothing items including T-Shirts, Shirts, Dresses, Skirts, Jumpers, Jackets, and Coats. The idea is to offer a broad range of options for people to swap, ensuring that everyone can find something that suits their style. However, it's crucial that the items you bring are in good condition to maintain the quality of the swap pool.

2. What time does the event start?

  • Answer: The event kicks off at 10:00 AM on Saturday, 26th August. It's advised to arrive early to get the first pick of the available items. The event will run until 16:00, giving you ample time to browse, swap, and socialise.

3. Where is the event located?

  • Answer: The Baltic Swap Shop will take place at 92 Degrees, located on Jamaica Street, L1 0AH. The venue is known for its community-centric approach, making it the perfect setting for an event that aims to foster community connections while promoting sustainability.

4. What happens to leftover clothes?

  • Answer: Any clothes that are not swapped by the end of the event will be sent to Roberts Recycling. This ensures that nothing goes to waste and contributes to a zero-waste cycle. Roberts Recycling specialises in ethical disposal and recycling, so you can be assured that your items will be handled responsibly.

5. Can I bring shoes or accessories?

  • Answer: Unfortunately, shoes, underwear, hats, socks, and accessories are not accepted at this event. The focus is primarily on main clothing items to streamline the swapping process and maintain a high standard of hygiene and quality.

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