Category Archives: Waste

The Empire New Clothes 21 Sept at 7.30pm

Wed 21 Sept, 7.30pm, Gods House Tower, Winkle Street, Southampton

The Empires New Clothes is a night to explore the current fashion industry, it’s impact on people and the planet, and what we can do about it. This free event is run by Southampton Clothes Swap in collaboration with Dangerous Ideas Southampton and the Artists at GHT – A Reincarnation. Join the Facebook event  page.

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Clothes swaps and stuff swaps are a free and informal environment which saves clothes from landfill and presents an exciting alternative to spending your money on new things from expensive shops and potentially unethical production methods.

GHT is a beautiful medieval building which is soon to be renovated into an arts and heritage venue. Alongside this, a group of Southampton artists are making work in, about, around the building and way more.

Unfortunately, as it has not yet been renovated there is no disabled access sorry! There are parts of the building that can get dusty too, incase anyone has breathing difficulties etc.

Clothes swaps are free but donations are greatly appreciated.

How swaps work:

1. Dig out the clothes and things you’ve had sitting around that you no longer use or want (or cannot take with you when you move). The more the merrier if you need a clear out.

2.Bring your things to the swap (please make sure they are clean/fit for some kind of use). Lay your things out in the correct section.

3.Have a rummage through everything else to find yourself some things you like.

4.Sit down, chill out and appreciate your (new) stuff!

Get sorting!


Enough of your rubbish

Preparing for our event Wasted Opportunity? on Wednesday, we’re busy putting together a slideshow of innovative ways to reuse our rubbish. Found a really inspiring Reducing Plastic blog from up the road in Portsmouth and loads of ideas for making new things out of old from websites such as Twisted Sifter and Unconsumption. Not to mention local Southampton project CRUMBS and Food Waste Cafe which are working hard to collect and redistribute waste and sharing some great ideas at the same time.

At our event, we’ll be collecting more info about local projects that are doing innovative things with waste. Do you know of a project that is working towards a greener economy and changing individuals behaviour to reduce consumption? Let us know by posting your ideas here or coming along and telling us on the night. We’ll put this into our report of the event and share it after our event. Who knows where else this could lead?