Hosting a Clothing Swap

Hosting a Clothing Swap

Clothing swaps are a great opportunity to catch up with friends and refresh your closet for free. The idea is simple: you and your guests bring clothing and accessories that you no longer want or need to trade or donate.

To ensure your swap is a success, invite friends and family with a good mix of sizes, shapes and styles so everyone has a good selection of items to browse and trade. Alternatively, you could host an “accessories only” swap. Items like scarves, shoes, jewelry and bags are more likely to fit a wide range of people.

Once you’ve settled on a guest list, set some rules for the swap and include them on the invite. Let your guests know how many items to bring to participate, whether the swap is for a particular season, and to ensure that their items are clean and in good shape.

Be sure to follow local gathering limits, or consider hosting your swap virtually using Facebook or Zoom. Set up tables where guests can arrange their items or ask guests to upload pictures of their items to your Facebook event. Establish a dedicated time for guests to browse through items and then let the swapping begin!

At the end of the swap, gather up any leftover pieces and donate them to an AFTeR member. Now it’s time to enjoy your new clothes!

Know your Clothing Donation Site

Know your Clothing Donation Site

3 Tips for Choosing a Donation Site

Clothing donation sites and bins are a convenient way to recycle your unwanted clothing and other household textiles, like bedding, curtains, and other fabrics. Donation sites not only reduce the amount of textiles going to landfills, they also generate funds that can be used to support social programs in your community. Most clothing donation sites in Nova Scotia are operated by registered charitable organizations or for-profit businesses that donate a portion of their proceeds to charity.

Keep the following tips in mind when choosing where to donate your clothing and other household textiles:

  • AFTeR Member: Use AFTeR’s lookup tool to find a donation site near you. AFTeR members are dedicated to high textile recycling standards, and are either registered charitable organizations or have a formal relationship with a registered charitable organization, so the financial proceeds from your donation are invested in your community.
  • Identification: If you choose a clothing donation bin, the name of the organization should be clearly and prominently displayed, along with their contact information, legal name and charitable registration number of the charity that will benefit from your donation.
  • Cleanliness: The area around the bin should be clean, which indicates that the bin is well maintained, and donations are picked up regularly. Bins should be well constructed of a non-porous material to ensure they can withstand the elements and maintain their appearance over time.

Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Textile waste is a growing concern in Nova Scotia and around the world. We purchase two to three times the amount of clothing we did 10 years ago, which means more unwanted clothing and other household fabrics end up in landfills every year. Most of that waste could be reused or recycled instead.

The holidays generate a lot of extra waste – but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Here are a few simple ways to make a difference this year:

Shop thrift

Thrift stores are full of high-quality secondhand clothing that make beautiful and unique holidays gifts. Not only will you save money and avoid generating new waste, shopping at local thrift stores also helps support community programs and services.

Recycle, don’t dispose

Recycling your unwanted clothing, bedding, curtains and other fabrics is easy, and items you no longer want can be valuable to someone else. AFTeR members are experts at recovering used textiles for resale or recycling. Funds raised from your donations are used to support the community programs of our local member organizations, so you can feel good about your choice to donate instead of dispose.

Talk to friends and family about the importance of textile diversion

Unfortunately, most Nova Scotians are unaware of how much textile waste ends up in landfills. The majority of these textiles don’t decompose, making textile waste a growing problem. Talk to your friends and family about textile waste, encourage them to shop secondhand for gifts, and let them know about the benefits of donating to AFTeR members. Ready to get started? Use AFTeR’s lookup tool to find a donation site near you.