Originally published on 1 September 2020.
With the start of September and thus the first month of the Autumn season upon us, so begins Oxfam’s Second Hand September Campaign. Designed to motivate people to only shop second hand throughout the entirety of the month, this in Oxfam (as well as other charity shops), on websites such as Ebay or Depop, as well as a simple clothes swap with friends. Shopping second hand has never been as easy, and with 13 million items of clothing ends up in UK landfill every week [source: Oxfam] it has never been as important for our planet. By saying YES to the campaign, there is hope that millions of tons of garment will be saved from landfill as well as send an important message to the polluting fast fashion brands that are a continuous problem to the world around us.
The pledge is to shop second hand only for 30 days or more, with it giving clothes a longer life than buying new. For me personally, I tend to not buy clothes that often anyway, but if I were in need of something this month, second hand it will be.
If you are interested in taking part in the campaign, I suggest heading on over to Oxfam’s website as there are lots of useful resources as well as lots of vital statistics to help educate on just how important second hand shopping is! Link: here
I hope everyone has a joyous second hand September! Like I said, I’m not one for buying clothes at all anymore, but have recently bought a second hand sofa for our new flat, from the British Heart Foundation so in the spirit of it, I’ll dub that my pledge for the month – happy (second hand) shopping!
[I have no affiliation with Oxfam or any other brand connected, there has been no sponsorship to write this post – I am just very enthusiastic for the campaign!]