Dorset residents are encouraged to join a clothes swapping event at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole this weekend.

Switch It Clothing Exchange is hosting the free-entry session on Saturday, November 16 from 10.30am to 3.30pm in the centre’s Eco Hub based behind the escalators next to Starbucks. Members of the public are invited to bring along unwanted women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, and shoes and bags, which can then be swapped for different items to take home.

It costs £1 to swap an item for something different at the Switch It Clothing Exchange or £2 to buy each item without trading in a piece of clothing. The aim of the event is to reduce the amount of clothing which is sent to landfill while enabling people to take away good-quality second-hand clothing for themselves, their friends and family members. In the UK, an estimated £12.5 billion worth of clothing is thrown away, which equates to around 300,000 tonnes of textiles.

Shelley Louise, founder of Switch It Clothing Exchange, said: “We welcome everyone to bring along the kind of good quality clothing that they would be happy to pass on to a friend. People can bring along as many items as they would like and then swap them for different clothing with the help of the team of volunteers. It’s about helping the environment by saving items from being put in the bin and sent to landfill.”

Shelley has been running the social enterprise for three years and has hosted the Switch It Clothing Exchange event in the Eco Hub on a regular basis since the start of 2019. She added that all visitors to the Dolphin Shopping Centre are welcome to attend.

John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre manager, said: “We have had a great response to the Switch It Clothing Exchange from visitors to the centre and hope that people will continue to support this fantastic event in our Eco Hub.”

The Eco Hub launched in 2018 as a free community space for customers and local organisations to use for a variety of events. Earlier this year, community fridges were installed in the Eco Hub to enable members of the public to donate unwanted, sealed food to prevent it from being thrown away.

For more information about the Dolphin Shopping Centre, visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk