At my office holiday party, we have a swap of a different kind each year. We exchange gifts, but we have a rule that nothing can be bought; everything that’s given must be something that we already own. This makes for a fun, and sometimes very hilarious, gift exchange, with all of us cleaning out our homes of items that we no longer need but that might be perfect for someone else. (This year’s gifts include a meat tenderizer, a jigsaw puzzle, a Minnie Mouse cup that lights up, and lots of books!)
With all the success I’ve seen this year in swapping and exchanging items, rather than throwing things out or buying brand new goods, I’m happier than ever that Do It Green! Minnesota received a grant from the Hennepin County Green Partners Program to not only support our 2016 clothing swaps, but to also produce a guide to hosting swaps. This guide, which is now available on our website, provides tips and ideas for those who want to host their own swap, whether it be for seeds, clothes, toys, or anything else. Hosting a swap is easy, and it’s a great way to promote reuse. However, for some people the idea of coordinating any event can be daunting, so our swap guide is designed to help people through that process. Check it out here.