Creative marketing and the clothes swapping phenomenon

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Swapping as part of collaborative consumption is not a new phenomenon per se, but might gain increased importance after the recent COVID-19 pandemic that has seen a shift in consumer attitudes, consumption, and disposal behaviour. Swapping as one form of collaborative consumption, however, is currently neither mainstream nor target towards the general population, but rather a niche population (secondhand consumers). With sustainable issues (environmental, economic, social) remaining a key concern, and consumers seeking to dispose of their garments, swapping might become an increasingly attractive alternative, yet currently it may not be communicated as such. This chapter explores the potential of creative marketing communications to enhance the uptake of swapping, in order to overcome a key challenge in the industry: fashion waste.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity and marketing
EditorsEleonora Pantano
Place of PublicationBingley, West Yorkshire
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781800713314
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


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