Re-dress clothes swap

Revitalise your closet in a climate-friendly way. Re-dress clothes swapping day is a fun and social activity that provides tangible environmental benefits. The garments that you are tired of or that no longer fit are new and fun for someone else. The life of the clothes will be extended and we contribute to a better environment.

Many people shop for clothes despite overflowing closets. The purpose of Re-dress is to encourage people to shop less and throw out fewer clothes, to educate about the manufacturing process and raw materials, to exchange information about sustainable fashion, and to help position Sweden as sustainable country. The basic setup is for people to bring in clothes they no longer want to keep, and leave with clothes that are new and exciting to them. This toolkit in based on a concept developed by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen).

Building blocks

The following material can be used for marketing and hosting the event. Each material below is available as high-resolution PDF files in English and as word template files for translation. Once you have the texts in your local language, please contact the Swedish Institute for help creating PDF files. If you decide to send them out for print at a local print office, the Swedish Institute is also happy to help deliver all necessary files.


Marketing poster English PDF
Poster text in Word for translation


Folder in English PDF
Folder text in Word for translation

Ticket badges

Ticket badges English PDF
Ticket badges text in Word for translation

Signs for drop-off and pick-up stations

Signs for drop-off and pick-up English PDF (text-based)
Signs for drop-off and pick-up English PDF (image-based)
Signs text in Word for translation

Inspirational stories

Swedish Swap and Sustainable Fashion Day in Voronezh, Russia, November 2019:


Each person brings in a number of clothes (you may want to set a maximum, and exclude intimate items) that they exchange for a ticket. Each ticket can then be used to trade in for a new item of clothing. Cost or type of clothing does not matter. The event should be completely free for all participants.

Complete instructions for hosting a Re-dress event.

Financial support

Applications for projects in April to December 2023

Due to the extraordinarily high number of toolkit applications, and a limited budget, we are unable to grant any further financial support for toolkits in 2023 with the exception of toolkit applications with following purposes:

– Higher education promotion
– Sweden alumni relations
– Sweden 500 celebrations (maximum of 5 000 SEK)
– The Nobel Prize (a limited numer of applications)
You can of course also use all material on but without funding from us.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 15,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact person at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Kajsa Guterstam