This month Oxfam are running a campaign called Second Hand September. The aim of the campaign is to give up fast fashion, because of its negative effects on workers and the environment, and pledge to say no to new clothes for the month.
We’re fully backing this campaign because the cost of fast fashion on the environment is huge, every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. We’re also big advocates of second hand shopping so this is something we’re happy to get involved with!
Did you know that the carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK each month is greater than flying a plane around the world 900 times.
If you sign up to the pledge on their website you can get second hand tips and inspiration delivered directly to your inbox. So far these have included some great resources to post on social media (pictured below) which we will be posting on our social media channels to raise awareness.
By taking part in Second Hand September you can:
- Reduce your carbon footprint – just one new shirt creates more emissions than driving a car for 35 miles
- Shop in charity shops which will result in helping a charity/various charities in need
- Save items being sent to landfill and also donate clothes you no longer wear
- Save between 10,000 and 20,000 litres of water by saying no to just one new pair of jeans and a new t-shirt
To find out more about the environmental effects of shopping read Oxfam’s latest article New shocking facts about the impact of fast fashion on our climate.
Lauren works for a public health charity, is our resident vegetarian (11 years!) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.