It’s day two of Second Hand September – but what is it? Well, in its simplest form, it’s a campaign organised by Oxfam to get people to say no to any new clothes in September. This is because every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill sites, which means the planet and people are being put under more and more unnecessary pressure. Fast or throwaway fashion is not sustainable in the long term and Oxfam are encouraging bloggers and influencers to get talking about the issue so that more people know about it and ultimately get involved.
I don’t buy a lot of clothes anyway, so taking part in Second Hand September is not a massive hardship for me, but I am involved in the campaign as it is something which I think is really important, both financially and for the planet. Where I can I will share great ideas and resources about how to get involved and how to make your clothing more sustainable.
Here are some of my favourite reasons to buy second hand from a charity shop.
- It is so much better for the planet as the carbon footprint of new clothes bought each month in the UK is more than flying a plane around the world 900 times! Buying preloved and second hand items means that less new clothes are being produced.
- You can find things which are no longer in the shops, and perhaps not the “current style or fashion” in the shops, but yet which is more your own personal style.
- You are helping a charity with its fundraising – some rely very heaving on their income from their retail shops.
- You can save yourself a small fortune buying second hand or preloved items. I have found some great items at a fraction of the cost of buying new – and sometimes you can even find items that are brand new with tags and yet massively reduced.
- “New to me” is just as good as “New” in my opinion!