How to Start Swishing: Get Fabulous Free Clothes

Face it: you love that chorus of "Oh that is so darling! Where did you get it?" But if you want to live the eco-chic lifestyle, consumerism is out. What to do? Start swapping instead of shopping with a new trend called Swishing. Swishing started in London. Now the push is on to bring Swishing to American shores.

Why "Swishing?"

The dictionary definition: To rustle, as silk.

Swishing has been redefined by London's Futerra Sustainability Communications.
Swishing: To rustle clothes from friends.
The Swishing Organization points out: "According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste. " Of course, you already bring your hand-me-downs to the local clothing recycling bin so they can go to a good cause. But there are usually a few pieces that you would like to know have found a good home. These are perfect Swishing fodder. So how to get started?

Step 1: Invite your friends.
You can download a Swishing Invitation, or make up your own recycled invitations.

Step 2: Price of Admission
Each person must bring at least one piece of fine quality clothing or accessories pulled from that guilty corner of the closet where the unwanted detritus of a consumer lifestyle resides.

Step 3: Have a ball.
Everyone should relax with a drink and a bite for at least an hour before the swishing opens. All the donated booty should be on display during this time...but watch rule #2!

Step 4: Explain the rules
There are only three rules to Swishing:

  • everyone must bring at least one item of clothing but people can leave with as many items as they wish;
  • No one can claim items as their own before the Swish opens;
  • No scratching, spitting or biting!

Step 5: Start Swishing!
If you are not up to starting the trend yourself, you could join in on upcoming events that have been scheduled as official Swishing events:

So that's it! Now you're Swishing!

More Clothing Swap Options
Swishing in Britain
Swopping in Sweden
Swapping is the New Shopping
Swapping Online
The Basics
How to Green your Wardrobe

Via Stephanie Corrado, Futerra Sustainability Communications, Swishing

Tags: Accessories | Clothing | Consumerism | London | New York City


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