Swap Party

Transition South Lantau is holding another of its popular Swap Parties next Saturday. This is a great way to put items that you no longer want back into circulation, thus relieving pressure on our groaning landfills; enabling others to pick up desired items for free; encouraging a disconnection from the consumerist nightmare of the shopping malls; and helping to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse emissions. Plus you’ll meet people from the local community and have a chance to build a bit of community spirit and maybe even make new friends.

All you need to do is bring along any items you want to offer to others, as long as they are in good condition. You will get a swap token for each item you bring. When the party starts you can select one item that takes your fancy for each token you have. The value of items is not taken into consideration, as the idea is to swap things we don’t want for things we do, irrespective of value. It’s great fun and no money changes hands. Any items that are left over will be donated to the PALS dog charity, which will recirculate them via their flea market stall.

The venue is The China Beach Club at the far end of the beach in Mui Wo (the building with the three coloured awnings). It starts at 4pm on Saturday 16 April 2011 and finishes at 6pm. You can buy food and drinks at the bar, and it would be good if you did at least buy something as the proprietors are allowing us to use the venue for free, which we greatly appreciate.

More information about swap parties is available at  www.RecyclingWeek.planetark.org/involvement/swap.cfm

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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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