Swap Party

The inaugural TSL swap party was born on a hot summers’ day on the 17th July 2010. The lovely ladies in the China Beach Club were very supportive and kept us fed and watered on our rooftop perch. What a great location to sit in the shade of an umbrella overlooking Silvermine Bay and the swimmers below, with a cold drink and interesting companions. We set up a number of different tables full of books, dvd’s, cd’s, adult and children’s clothing, pottery and household items, and electronics. Rachel’s handmade pottery went like hotcakes, as did the musings of a local author, though our youngest participant was just as interested in the colourful swap tokens and the Banana spiders. Though attended by a select few, all were enthusiastic and asked about the next event and everyone came away with something they liked. Unfortunately many are away from Hong Kong during the summer, but there has been a lot of interest from those that missed out and they are keen to attend in future. So, this is just the beginning in a series that will continue in the cooler autumn afternoons, after many of the wanderers have returned.

Swap Parties are a fun way of recycling. They started in the US as clothing swap parties and are sometimes called swishing or naked lady parties. It challenges the foundations of our current throw-away society. People can satisfy their desire for something different, or need for a particular item, without consuming more resources and energy by buying new products, and sending unwanted items to landfill. There is more information about Swap Parties here: http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/involvement/swap.cfm and here: http://www.greenusesforwaste.co.uk/holding-clothes-swapping-party.html

Jennifer Lorrimar

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About transitionsl

I've been an English teacher for the best part of 30 years, teaching in England, Tanzania, Brunei, Australia and Hong Kong. I've always been interested in nature and environmental issues, but it was the discovery of Peak Oil about five years ago that galvanised me into trying to help my local community to prepare for what will be a dramatically different world to the one many of us have been used to. I've been helping to run a transition group, following the guidelines created by Rob Hopkins's Transition Movement in the UK. This blog is an attempt to engage in discussion with a wider group of people in Hong Kong on the ways to transition from our current oil dependency to a state of fossil-free local resilience.
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