We’re calling on every school to have a uniform swap shop

Together with fellow members of Sustainable Clothing and Textiles Cymru (SCTC), we are calling for every school in Wales to have a school uniform and sports kit swap shop.

SCTC set out the case for a Wales-wide roll out of uniform swap shops in a brand-new report published today (24 November).

Although there are great examples already up and running in schools and communities across the country, many families don’t have easy access to a swap shop.

“Uniform swap shops make uniforms more affordable and empower people to make sustainable decisions. It’s great to see so many schools running these swap shops. If every school had one, it would help to lessen the stigma around second-hand clothing, which is why we are calling on the Welsh Government to roll out a nationwide scheme.”

Bryony Bromley
Keep Wales Tidy Education Manager

The SCTC report includes a series of recommendations for making clothing and textiles more sustainable in Wales. The report launched at a special event hosted by Cynffig Comprehensive School in Bridgend, which has been running a successful uniform swap shop since 2019.

“At Cynffig, it is important for us to help families during this economic crisis- but ultimately, our aim is to educate and encourage young people to protect the future of our planet”.

Corrie Edwards
Cynffig Comprehensive School

Looking for inspiration? Check out Bryn Awel Primary School’s ‘pop up’ uniform swap here.

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