One of the most exciting aspects of our community-focused swapping events is to connect with parents in different neighborhoods who share our mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle. With the amount of “stuff” that we all accumulate, Little Swappies’ goal is to give attendees a connection to their giving back. At the same time everyone is being practical by receiving things in return that they actually need.
At our most recent swap at the Williamsburg Northside School, we loved meeting with parents as they passed along their items (kids’ clothing, books, toys and maternity wear). Parents came excited and it was infectious. Anything that was not swapped was donated to those in need through our charity partner, Room to Grow.
Another exciting aspect of this event was the launch of our textile recycling program. With over 25 billion pounds of textile waste generated in the U.S. every year (and growing), we have no universal system for recycling our textiles. Through this event (and those going forward), we have created a 100% zero waste model where attendees can literally bring any form of textile (useable or not) to be recycled, swapped, or donated.
In addition to the environmental and social consciousness of the event, the event was a great forum for brands to meet the community. This included highlighting locally based brands like Kallio, NY Kids Club, Green Mustache, The Serhant Team, My Super Foods Company, and Masala Baby (which organized an amazing sample sale exclusively for attendees).
There were also amazing raffle prizes from GoumiKids, Shoosha, Noch Mini, Project Repat,and Weleda as well as fun family activities such as storytelling with Grace Lee, face painting with Urban Sitter, upcycled crafts with New York Kids Club.
Little Swappies is excited to be expanding to offer more events in new locations, including our first women-only swaps and our first New Jersey event. We are thrilled to offer events that give back and create a model for reuse on the community level.
Can’t wait to see you at the next one!
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