In the UK alone, approximately 7,000 women swap 25,000 items a year.

This article titled “Clothes ‘swishing’ parties go global” was written by Sylvia Rowley, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 20th February 2012 11.16 UTC

Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Felstead has a new red woollen coat. Buttoning it in front of the mirror she spins round to show her friends. “I absolutely love it!” she grins.

Around her women are admiring handbags, riffling through a clothes rail and fishing out brightly coloured scarves from a pile on the table.

I’m in the middle of a clothes swapping party at the offices of sustainable PR agency Futerra, and this morning Jessica’s red coat was hanging unworn in the back of my wardrobe.

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