Second Hand September

Well here it is, it’s the beginning of September and we’re straight into the start of Second Hand September!

If you’ve never heard of it before or are a newbie to Second Hand September, don’t worry, me too! You’re in the right place. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll be fully informed and wanting to take part too.

What is Second Hand September?

Second Hand September is a campaign encouraging people to avoid buying new clothes for the entire 30 days of the month. The campaign is organised by the charity Oxfam with the aim of raising awareness of the fashion industry’s environmental impact.

“Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill.  Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s extremely unsustainable.  Now there’s something you can do to help.  Join us in participating in Second Hand September and take the pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days”

How Can I Take Part?

Here are 5 ways you can participate in this campaign:

  • Buy second hand or “new to you” clothes.  You can buy these from many outlets – second hand shops, vintage markets, eBay, Depop, Gumtree, Facebook marketplace etc.
  • Check out your pals wardrobes, maybe if you’re feeling brave try your siblings wardrobes.  Raid those closets I bet there’s a ton of treasures hidden away that you just forgot about.
  • Swap shops are another option although these can take a bit more organisation. Swap shops are when a group of people get together and bring say 5 items of clothing each, hang them up and swap a piece of clothing with another person.  A great way to find a new piece of clothing and swaps shops should be free to take part.    
  • Renting clothes – there are designer brands available at some rental platforms.  This is a great way to find a high end piece of clothing for a big occasion or an important event. No, you won’t get to keep the dress or the suit or whatever it is at the end, but you will get the experience of wearing high end at a fraction of the cost.  And best of all, when you give it back, someone else will too.
  • Buy nothing. The simplest of all.

Buying second hand for the first time can seem a bit overwhelming but Oxfam’s campaign for buying no new clothes for 30 days is great way to ease yourself into becoming more sustainable with your fashion choices.

It shouldn’t be seen as a negative or suggesting people “do without”.  It’s completely the opposite.  It is about raising awareness that there are so many clothes out there already.  Hundreds of thousands of garments of all shapes and sizes are already out there, made and ready to wear.  You can get creative by mending your own clothes, upcycling someone else’s clothes or turning something into a completely new outfit.  The good news is there are no restrictions with creativity.

When you do choose to buy second hand or swap with your best mate, you are preventing great pieces of clothing being sent to landfill, giving them a longer life and increasing the support for slower fashion.

So, will you join us and take the pledge by buying no new clothes for a whole month?  Do you think you can do it?!

If so, please tag me in your photos on Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to see as many people as possible taking part!

For more information on Oxfam and the work they do, please visit: http://www.oxfam.org.uk or http://www.oxfamireland.org

Enjoy and Happy (nothing new) Shopping!

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~Beauty and the Beaches~

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