The Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) was founded in 2013, where it took place for the first time during Copenhagen Fashion Week; 1500 people swapped 5.2 tons of clothes, and, in the process, a great concept was born.
GFX has grown into an international platform promoting sustainability in the fashion industry through inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events. Through interactive clothing swaps, GFX empowers consumers to take action for a better environment while they stylishly renew their wardrobe and save hundreds of thousands of clothes from going to landfills.
On average, we wear our clothes a total of seven times, with 2.5 billion pounds of clothing going to landfills each year. This is a scary number, but guess what? YOU can change it! One of the simplest and most sustainable ways to give garments greater longevity is to provide them with a second life with a new owner.
This is the mission of the Global Fashion Exchange: To promote sustainable consumption patterns, such as reusing and recycling, around the globe. Working with international cities, brands and nonprofits, we are raising awareness and helping provide tangible solutions to close the loop.
Even a small change, will mean a huge impact on a global scale.
- WWD Magazine
The Fashion Industry faces many environmental challenges. Its the second most polluting industry in the world, creating 150 billion units of clothing each year.
We all have a role to play in helping make more sustainable choices. From checking the labels to asking where your clothes actually came from, these are simple steps to start making a difference. One of the easiest ways is to give garments a longer life is by recycling them.
GFX has helped save 22 tons of clothes (over 40,000 pounds) from going to landfills through seven events held on three continents, in four global cities. This is just the beginning. We want your help to continue to grow this movement. Check our "Upcoming" page for events near you or drop us an email, we would love to hear from you!