A Sustainable Pop-Up Clothes Swap Shop Is Coming To Bristol This Month

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


A chance to do a bit of guilt-free, sustainable shopping.

September may be known for being the first month of autumn, however it also happens to be the month to highlight second hand items. During Secondhand September, Sustainable Fashion Week also takes place where the focus is not on next season’s trends, but on upskilling, inspiring and equipping the community so they turn to alternatives to fast fashion.

From September 11 to 19, there will be a Sustainable Fashion Week (SFW) Hub located in Bristol’s M Shed with panel discussions, a marketplace and live workshop space. Running alongside that will be a packed programme of community-led events, in creative and community spaces across the city.

One event to look out for is the Pop-up Clothes Swopz Shop, which is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others as well as do a bit of guilt-free sustainable shopping – a perfect scenario for your pocket and our planet.

Have you got unwanted clothes clogging up your closet? If the answer is yes, then Sustainable Fashion Week might just be the opportunity you need to clear out your wardrobe and make room for some fresh pre-loved finds. Swopz Shop is inviting Bristolians to simply bring along their unwanted clothes and swap them for clothes you actually want.

This pop-up event taking place at Propyard on September 18 at 1pm allows you to trade up to 10 items for tokens that you can then spend on new-to-you clothes. Entry to this sustainable swap shop costs £5, or it’s free to enter if you list at least three swopz on swopzshop.com between your booking date and the event date.

Other events taking place during Sustainable Fashion Week include hub sessions with guest speakers exploring the issues the fashion industry faces, challenges to resolve and some potential solutions for consumers in choosing well. Running alongside the SFW Hub sessions in the M Shed on September 11 and 12, there will be the SFW Marketplace, in collaboration with the brilliant Bristol Market. There will be local makers, upcyclers and sustainable brands showcasing their ranges whether they be pre-loved, repurposed or sustainable new.

In addition, there will be numerous upcycling events taking place across the city alongside repair workshops, vintage pop-up shops, slow fashion book club, webinars and more. To find out the full programme during Sustainable Fashion Week and to book tickets to the hub sessions, head to their website here.

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