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Why should I start swapping?

22.08.2021 | By Hope Titley

With the rise of Instagram influencers and TikTok trends, it’s hard to avoid the fast fashion brands constantly popping up on our feeds.

The problem that comes with these trends is that they fade just as quickly as they arrive, and usually, the clothes are not made to last. They may be affordable and cute for a few months, but when you take a moment to consider how many times they will be worn before being thrown out, is it worth the true cost?

This is why it is more important than ever to find alternative means of satisfying your clothing needs. Shopping second-hand is a great way to do this, but this still eventually leads to the issue of overconsumption, and with the ever-rising prices of sustainable and vintage clothing (though justifiable), we have found an alternative for everyone.

Now more than ever, we need to focus on wearing the clothes we already have. But what happens when they no longer suit you or don’t fit right? Well, this is where Bandi and clothes-swapping come in. By uploading your pre-loved clothes to Bandi, you can swap for something new to you, satisfying the need for something new without causing harm to the planet.

It’s More Sustainable!

In a world where everything has become disposable, we need to steer our way back to thinking of the environment first. Everyone has heard of the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but so often do we skip over the first two options and head straight for “Recycle” when actually Reducing and reusing are the steps we need to take. By swapping your clothes, you reduce the rate at which you are consuming clothing and reusing pieces, extending their lifecycle. By swapping, you save at least two items per swap from potentially ending up in a landfill.

Avoids Overconsumption.

One of the main problems with how we consume fashion is the utter overconsumption that we are all guilty of! We all have those items that we’ve only worn a few times before deciding it’s not quite our vibe, or ones that have been well loved, but you simply don’t wear anymore. There is a huge fear when it comes to rewearing clothes, as it’s not seen as “trendy” to outfit repeat. This is one of the great things about Bandi. By swapping your clothes, you will get new pieces without taking up more room and being stuck with more clothes than you know what to do with, as well as giving your old pieces a new life! It’s all about circulating what you already have.

Affordable.

Whilst justifiable, Sustainable fashion can be expensive and therefore not accessible to all. By swapping your clothes through Bandi, all you have to pay for is postage! This makes it a great option for those who want to do everything they can to be sustainable but can’t always justify the price tag it comes with.

Find your Style with Ease.

Sometimes, you know exactly what kind of clothing that you are looking for, but aren’t sure where to look. This is what the Bandi App is here to do. You can match with other eco-conscious swappers, who have a similar style and body type, meaning you don’t have to struggle through endless listings to find things that will suit you!

But we would love to hear what you love about swapping, what is the best swap you’ve made?