Fast fashion, a fairly recent industry habit of churning out inexpensive, often poorly made, seasonal trends that are discarded at the beginning of the next season, has a serious impact on our environment. According to Business Insider, fashion production causes 10% of the world's carbon emissions and is the world's second largest consumer of water, while also filling the ocean's with microplastics.
Concerned consumers can lessen the impact by buying less, discarding of old garments more thoughtfully, and purchasing second-hand. Fortunately for trendy Brisbanites, SWOP Clothing Exchange provides a solution to the latter two.
The West End boutique trades exclusively in buying and selling quality, often designer, second-hand clothes, shoes, and accessories. While there's something to be said for the op shop experience - searching for treasures in crowded racks - you won't find it here. Despite the lower prices, Swop Clothing Exchange offers a modern, curated range of timeless pieces in an airy boutique. You can browse the full range at their bricks-and-mortar store at 161 Boundary Street, West End, or view a small range on their website.
If you have good quality clothes sitting in your wardrobe doing nothing, you can bring them to SWOP between 10am and 5pm daily (no appointment needed). Expert merchandisers will price your clothing and offer you 25% of the value in cash or 50% as a store credit. Clothing must be undamaged and odour-free and fast fashion brands like Zara, H&M, Ally and Sportsgirl are not accepted.