This year, we're participating in the Great Big Green Week for the first time ever! To kick off this nationwide celebration of actions tackling climate change, we're hosting a clothes swap on Monday 20th September to help our supporters get their fashion fix in a way that respects the planet and combats over-consumption of new clothes. 

Each ticket allows you to bring five items of clothing to swap, with proceeds going towards our projects supporting rural communities in Afghanistan who have been impacted by climate change, teaching men and women sustainable farming techniques, and training women in tailoring and embroidery so they can live out their fashion business dreams.

How the Great Big Clothes Swap works:

  1. Decide on up to five items of clothing to swap. These should be in good condition - small defects are acceptable.
  2. Bring your items to our office at The Busworks between 10:00am and noon on Monday 20th September.
  3. Relax, have lunch or go back to work whilst we get the swapping space ready for your return. For extra conscious consumption points, why not make a list of the clothing items you hope to find at the swap?
  4. Come back to The Busworks between 3:30pm and 5:30pm so you can browse and make your swaps.

What has sustainable fashion got to do with Afghanaid?

Despite contributing very little to greenhouse gases, Afghanistan is one of the countries most aggressively experiencing the impact of climate change. Rural communities, who rely on natural resources to survive, are some of the most at-risk people in the world to increasingly extreme weather patterns and natural disasters. Find out more by attending our screening of our new short film on climate change in Afghanistan.

We believe that by looking after our clothes and keeping them in circulation through clothes swaps, resale and rental schemes, we are respecting both the the planet, by saving unwanted clothes from going to landfill, and the talented, skilled people who make them.

We support communities to manage their natural resources sustainably, adapt to climate change and protect themselves from its impact; we provide emergency assistance when families are driven from their homes as a result of droughts or floods; and we run training courses for women to learn and preserve traditional Afghan embroidery and manufacturing techniques, to learn about their rights so they understand the value of their skills, and to learn how to set up and maintain a successful business. 

Booking for this event has now closed.