The Energy Awareness Campaign at Bow Arts continued last week, when the Green Team decided to promote sustainable habits through recycling and reusing by organising an in house Swap Shop at theCarmelite Café in the Nunnery Gallery. This was the perfect setting for the event as Michael, the café’s proprietor, has gathered second hand crockery to serve drinks in and displays artwork made from recycled and found textiles on the wall.
Staff and artists were invited to bring along their pre-loved goods and take away second hand items that took their fancy. No money was to exchange hands.
There’s a compelling case for avoiding buying new items and throwing unwanted ones away; DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) tell us that in the UK, we are consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate. Whilst at the same time we’re chucking loads out; for example, per year we discard 1 million tonnes of clothes, 1 million tonnes of electrical items and an astonishing and shocking 7 million tonnes of food!
Rather than getting rid of unwanted goods via the waste system, it makes sense to reuse them where possible. Bow Arts staff and artists did us proud with a wonderful array of items on offer, ranging from a china rhino, a giant yellow protractor, a duffle coat and a coveted Barry White CD. We browsed the selection over complimentary hot chocolate whilst exclamations of ‘I really need a washing line!’ and ‘Mad Men Series 3? That will complete my collection’ were heard demonstrating that one person’s junk can truly be another’s treasure.
For listings of clothes swapping, or ‘swishing’ events, visit http://swishing.com