Andover News - Fashion Victims Revamp your Wardrobe for Free

Did you know that consumers spend £44billion on clothes each year, or around £1,700 per household. 30% of these clothes have not been worn for a year! Instead of throwing those clothes out, why not revitalise your wardrobe for free and swap them?

On Saturday 25th October from 10am – 4pm there will be a clothes swap in the upper Guildhall. Fashion lovers of Andover are invited to celebrate their love of fashion by bringing along up to 5 items of clothing to swap for different items to take home. Refreshments will be available, and all clothes swappers will be entered into a free raffle.

The clothes swap is part of STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign. STOP THE TRAFFIK is an international organisation which works to disrupt and prevent human trafficking around the world. The Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign invites fashion lovers throughout the world to join together; urging retailers to take action to ensure human trafficking is not present in their supply chain. This is a global campaign with the fashion industry against human trafficking, calling on the public to let their voice be heard. Please join with us as we call for traffik free fashion.

Reverend Canon John Harkin, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church said, “Like many people across our nation, Christians at St. Mary’s abhor the criminal and degrading practise of buying and selling other human beings as slaves. This small initiative on a Saturday in our town centre, is a simple example of how we can work together to raise awareness of just one result of trafficking people, that of slave labour in the fashion industry. The clothes swap is part of STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign, so we invite you to join us in playing a small part in helping to stop the sale of people.”

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