#SecondHandSeptember is a campaign run by the charity Oxfam to raise awareness of the impact of fast fashion. They’re looking for people to take a 30 day pledge to SAY NO to buying new clothes. You can sign up here.
Why do we need a campaign?
Every week 11 million items of clothes end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people. Oxfam want to change the way we shop and focus on buying secondhand as a way of reducing waste clothing and the resources required to make new clothes.
From growing the cotton to make the denim, to the dyeing process to get the right shade of blue, it can take an estimated 20,000 litres of water to make just one pair of jeans and one t-shirt. According to Oxfam, “To put this into perspective, it would take more than 13 years to drink this amount of water!”
What are we going to do?
The UK Money Blogger community are taking part in the #SecondHandSeptember campaign and help raise the awareness that Oxfam are aiming to make.
I decided to lead on the UK Money Bloggers getting involved with #SecondHandSeptember as we have a massive collective reach and if we all join together with one voice, we can make a huge difference. We are in a privileged position to influence many social media users and together we can be a force for good.
The campaign is a pledge to not buy new clothes for only 30 days, which many people on a budget will find easy to do. However I hope that this will get more conversations started about the importance of where we spend the money we do have. I hope for more people to shop mindfully and consider the impact their purchasing habits have on the environment and the textile factory workers and their families.
I also hope the campaign will reduce the stigma that is still attached to buying secondhand clothing. You get to help a charity, reduce impact on the planet, rummage for something unique and save money at the same time. Why wouldn’t you shop secondhand?!
If you’re feeling inspired by the UK Money Blogger community, make sure you follow all of them on their social channel as we take part in our own challenge to post about the campaign every day in September. Just follow #SecondHandSeptember and #UKMoneyBloggers
Day one is to sign up to the pledge which you can do here.
Click here for all my updates on progress during #SecondHandSeptember