Refresh your New Year’s wardrobe by donating unwanted clothes for a good cause

A meeting of the Saunton Surf Sisters

A meeting of the Saunton Surf Sisters - Credit: Contributed

The start of a new year offers the opportunity to press the restart button. As we venture forth into 2022, we can leave behind the things that don’t bring us joy, and welcome in more things that do. 

There’s a saying that’s often attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, ‘fashion fades, style is eternal’. But due to the nature of modern-day fast fashion, that’s not necessarily true anymore. 

According to, fast-fashion has led to a whopping 92 million tonnes of discarded clothes-related waste annually. To put that into perspective, that’s enough waste to fill one and a half empire state buildings each year. 

With that in mind, what better way to start the new year than clearing out your wardrobe and giving back to a good cause at the same time? It’s not only helpful for you, but it’s also good for the planet. 

After meeting at a Saunton Surf Sisters beach meetup last year, Ruby Graham and Rosie Little connected over their rescued dogs, Amber and Suki, and a passion for helping others.

Rosie Little and Ruby Graham

Rosie Little and Ruby Graham - Credit: Contributed

Aside from both being local surfers, both run their own mental health and wellness brand. Ruby runs Mind Flow, an online community that promotes better mental health and Rosie runs A Little Therapy, providing holistic health therapy. After attending a friend’s clothes swap party, the two decided to scale the idea into a community event in aid of their favourite charities, and need your help to receive donations. 

“Lots of people have lovely clothes that they don’t wear,” said Ruby. “One great way to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill is to say no to fast fashion by hosting a community clothes swap.” 

According to Vinted, 92% of women own a piece of clothing that they’ll never wear. If you’re one of them, you now have a fantastic opportunity to grab the garments that are collecting dust at the back of your closet, and donate them to Ruby & Rosie’s Clothes swap. 

“Our first clothing swap was a reminder that slow fashion doesn’t need to be costly or difficult,” said Rosie. “Clothing swaps are affordable ways to spruce up your wardrobe, and are a vital part of the future of fashion, because it’s a way to extend the lifespan of the clothing that’s already in circulation.” 

“We’ve got a fantastic community here in North Devon,” added Ruby. “Rosie and I met because of a local women’s surf group, and we’d love to keep up the community spirit throughout the new year.

The Ruby & Rosie Clothes Swap event will be held at Aleafia Wellness Centre, located on Gammon Walk in Barnstaple

The Ruby & Rosie Clothes Swap event will be held at Aleafia Wellness Centre, located on Gammon Walk in the centre of Barnstaple - Credit: Contributed

“Our clothes swap provides an opportunity for people to update their wardrobes, make new friends with others and give back all at the same time. We’d like to invite you to donate if you can, and join us at the event to help us make this event a success!” 

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The Ruby & Rosie Clothes Swap event will be held at Aleafia Wellness Centre, located on Gammon Walk in the centre of Barnstaple on February 12th from 3pm until 5pm. All of the proceeds go towards three charities: Ask for Jake, a Braunton-based mental health charity, and two dog rescue charities, The Pack Project and Wag and Paws dog rescue. 

There’s an £8 entry fee, which includes five tokens to purchase items of clothing, a glass of prosecco and an optional entry into their prize draw. 

The pair are asking the North Devon community to help by clearing out their wardrobes of clothes they no longer wear and donating to their clothes swap event. 

Any clothing donations can be delivered to Aleafia prior to the event, or otherwise can be picked up on the 15th or 22nd of January.  

If you’d like to arrange a clothing donation pick-up, please direct message the pair via Instagram at or

North Devon newcomer and surfer Stephanie Conway

North Devon newcomer and surfer Stephanie Conway - Credit: Contributed

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