About the Clothing Loop

The Clothing Loop is an initiative that offers an easy way for people to swap clothes with others in their own neighborhood. It’s fun, free and sustainable! The idea is simple: (large) bags filled with clothes​ travel along a route past all participants in a certain city or district.

Did you receive the bag ​from the person before you in the Loop? ​Now it’s time to shop! Take any ​items you like, and put clothing items in the bag that are in good condition and ready for a new owner. Feel free to share a photo of your latest find in the corresponding communication channel. It is really nice to see where those clothes end up! Then you bring the bag to the next person on the list. ​Not all participants know each other, so it really increases the sense of community in the neighborhood.

Want to join?

Check our map and sign up for a Loop near you. Can't find an active Loop in your area? We are happy to help you set one up! Joining is free and open to everyone.

This idea originated in the Netherlands during the first corona lockdown. It worked so well that soon several Dutch cities and regions followed, and it snowballed throughout the Netherlands, and even across borders. By now there are hundreds of Loops. And not just in densely populated areas, the system works everywhere! With our guidance, support and community building efforts, this local initiative grew into the powerful movement it is today. Together we have saved thousands of kilos of clothing, neighbors have gotten to know each other, and we brought about a real change in behavior with regard to our textile consumption.

Please join the movement! After all, if you buy only six items less than you normally would in a year, you save about 40 kilos of CO2 emissions: the equivalent of driving one gasoline car from Amsterdam to Paris. Our goal is to reach 1 million swappers within the next 5 years. This saves as much CO2 emissions as driving that same car around the world 5,000 times. You are welcome to try it now: sign up and/or follow us on socials to decide later. We’d love to inspire you to stop shopping and start swapping! PS: Why do we use Ikea bags you ask? Because we first want to use stuff that already exists. And who hasn’t got an Ikea bag lying around the house? (By the way: any large shopper will do!)

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The Clothing Loop is an independent initiative within the Slow Fashion Movement.

Nichon Glerum is our founder, CEO, spokesperson and living proof that one can look like royalty in 100% second hand clothes.

Paloeka and Nichon

Paloeka de Koning is our fearless project manager, UX design wizard and overall rockstar jack of all trades.

Lucian Last and Giulia Mummolo are responsible for the development of this amazing website you are visiting right now. And thank you to volunteers Johanna, Natalie, Justin, Mohamed, Trevor, Tim, Gilbert, Tom and Pim for their help with the website development.

And then there are all these wonderful people that helped us along the way:

Ron, Spencer, Lena, Cynthia and Roos for their help and support through Slow Fashion Movement, Floortje, Eline, Brechtje, Lara, Sophie and Markoesa for making version 1.0 run smoothly, Nynke for her skills of app improvement, Matthijs for the homepage design, Eva for all her legal expertise, Elma and Wieke for data analysis, Angela for fundraising advice, Tana for the magic of bookkeeping, Anke for the fun filming, Nikita for the brilliant editing, all the translators, Jessie for the social media support and team What Design Can Do/Impact Hub for all the guidance and support and Erik for the coaching.

And last but definitely not least: all the volunteers that have set up their local Loops and ran with it.

Thank you!