Success of the “free barter party” where we consume without spending or polluting

FIGARO DEMAIN – The trend of exchanges of clothes, accessories, books, objects without money between strangers is booming. For economic reasons or choice of life, more and more French people participate in these fairs.

, the frenzy of “free barter parties” is reaching France! From Paris to Épinal, more and more French people flock to the events of moneyless exchanges of clothes, accessories, books or objects. For reasons of economy or ideological choice, customers choose to renew their wardrobes, their library or their home, differently.

This Thursday, a clothing donation fair is organized in the capital, in the 4th arrondissement at the Maison du Paris Durable. Registrations begin this Monday from 12 noon on the site. “Men, women, children … Anyone can come and exchange almost everything”, announces Myriam Attias, organizer of the “Free Troc Party” evenings in the capital. “Only underwear is not accepted”, specifies the co-founder of the site. The condition is to be part of the first 200 registered. Most of them are young women aged 25 to 35 who participate in these fairs but they have very varied socio-economic profiles, underlines the organizer.

Once there, people drop off the items they want to donate and hunt for those of others. There is no negotiation and everything is free and open. “We meet all types of situations, from those who bring little and leave with a lot, to those who simply come to usefully get rid of objects or clothes they no longer want,” says Myriam Attias. During these fairs organized every three months in the capital, more than 2,500 objects are exchanged. For the remaining goods, “very few things: 5 to 6 bags” assures Myriam Attias, they are given to associations.

The list of registrants completed in less than two minutes

“We have been organizing these events for 11 years and we have noticed a real enthusiasm for some time. We limit the fairs to 200 participants, to the first registered on an online list open a few days before the event. Recently, the list was completed in less than two minutes! ”Rejoices the specialist in good addresses in the capital. She explains this success for both economic and ideological reasons. “Some are attracted to a user-friendly system where everything is free and others are more sensitive to the theme of sustainable development”, specifies Myriam Attias.

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil, in terms of greenhouse gases, according to a site dedicated to information on sustainable development. The drama of Rana Plaza in 2013, this building based in Dhaka, Bangladesh which housed confection workshops from brands as diverse as Benetton, Primark, Walmart and Mango, also revealed the excesses of “fast fashion” and encouraged consumers to look to alternatives. The second-hand market is all the more justified as most of our clothes (70%) are never worn and perish in the cupboards with 6kg of clothes thrown away by French people every year,

But habits are changing. In 2018, 44% of French people say they bought less clothes than in previous years, according to the French Fashion Institute (IFM). Faced with growing enthusiasm for her “free barter parties”, Myriam Attias plans to repeat these operations more often. He was also offered the provision of a room that could accommodate 1000 people … A movement is underway!


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