Launceston will be the capital of pre-loved fashion this weekend with two events aiming to reduce the issue of throw-away fashion and the harm it has on the environment in Australia.
On Saturday afternoon St Ailbes Hall will be filled with secondhand clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories for the My Closet Market, before Civic Square plays host to a free Clothes Swap event on Sunday.
The swap event, run by The Clothing Exchange, will feature pre-loved fashion and recycled goods to help cut back on the six tonnes of clothing thrown out every 10 minutes world wide.
Tasmanian swap host and market organiser Susannah Slatter said the swap event aimed to put the fun back into recycling.
"Clothes swaps are a clever and thrifty way to update your wardrobe," she said.
"It saves you pennies and makes the world a better place.
"Hopefully it's the first of many more to come."
Miss Slatter said it was possible for retail therapy not to cost the earth and hoped to offer professional swap events on a regular basis in the city.
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The community is invited to bring clothes they value but no longer wear to exchange for pieces others bring to upgrade their closet in an eco-friendly way.
According to a GlobalData report 56 million women worldwide purchased pre-loved clothing or second-hand products last year, which was an increase of 12 million consumers from 2017.
Participants are encouraged to bring six garments or accessories to exchange using buttons as currency, they can take home one garment for each button they receive and there will be swap volunteers to assist.
Registrations for the free swap event close on Friday afternoon, to register visit launceston.tas.gov.au/clothesswap.
The swap begins at Civic Square from 2pm until 4pm and clothes need to be checked in by 12pm.
The Saturday market in St Ailbes Hall is from 12pm to 3pm, with the next one taking place in February 2020.
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