Oxfam has started a 30-day campaign to encourage people across the UK to stop buying new clothes for the month in a bit to curb the UK’s fast fashion habits. It’s called #SecondHandSeptember and it’s easy for everyone to get involved.
Despite the campaign lasting for just 30-days, Oxfam are hoping that they can encourage people to change their consumer habits for the sake of the planets. According to research from Oxfam, over 11 million items of clothing end up in landfills instead of being properly recycled. This has to change, and here are five ways you can get involved with #SecondHandSeptember.
CLEAR OUT SOME CLOTHING
Sort out any clothes you no longer want to free up your wardrobe space. It’ll help to clear your mind and you can donate them for a better cause. Ensure they are clean and wearable before you donate. If you want to raise some money, then use sites like Depop or Vinted.
SWAP CLOTHES WITH FRIENDS
Instead of binning clothes you no longer want, why not ask your friends to swap? It’ll be a fun way to get new items of clothing and you may end up finding an item you’ve always wanted. It’s better than buying fast-fashion clothes and you’ll have a blast doing it.
Instead shop second-hand and it’ll help to lower the demand for new clothes. Whether you decide to buy clothes in a charity store, or just decide to buy clothes through Depop, you’ll be helping the environment. There is no longer a stigma of shopping second-hand, and there are so many bargains waiting to be found.
Instead of people fixing or upcycling items, we are consuming new items at an unsustainable rate. It’s time to look at old garments and see if you can refresh them by adding playful patchworks to give a new jacket life or dye an old shirt with some colours. Why not find that old pair of jeans you love and breathe new life into them.
SPREAD THE NEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It’s simple but effective. Continue the conversation on social media and share the campaign with the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember. It’s an easy way to share your tips with your friends and family. Read more on the Oxfam website here.
Words By Charlie Vogelsang