Oxfam's Shocking New Facts on Fast Fashion are the Reason You Should Take Part in #SecondHandSeptember

Ethical Fashion Sep 01, 2019

Oxfam's latest research on fast fashion shows shocking new facts that highlight the epidemic and the impacts it is having on our planet.

The most shocking revelation reports that every month in the UK, the carbon footprint of new clothes purchased is the same as flying around the world 600 times! The fast-fashion epidemic is unsustainable and is without a doubt contributing to the Climate Crisis.

Millions of fashion items sent to landfill worldwide every week, yet we live in a time where curtailing the Climate Crisis is critical. WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR HABITS. This September, Oxfam is calling for people to change their habits. Thousands of people across the UK will say no to new for 30 days, and yes to fashion that’s kinder to people and the planet.


Photo by Shanna Camilleri on Unsplash

How to take part in Second Hand September

  1. Take the pledge to avoid fast fashion - Let Oxfam know how many people are behind this cause.
  2. Learn about the impacts of fast fashion - This is a multi-faceted issue that impacts the environment and people in fast fashion supply chains. Read about the most devastating fast fashion accident to understand more.
  3. Spread the word - Share the impacts of fast fashion with friends, family, co-eds, and on social media pages.
  4. Show off your second-hand finds -. Knowing you can get kick-ass finds and bomb looks from second-hand items helps to remove stigmas of second hand shopping.
  5. Learn how to fix or up-cycle your old clothes - We are a throwaway society, so challenge it. Instead of throwing out the old, give it a new lease of life.

In case you need more, here are 10 reasons to shop second-hand.

This space acknowledges privilege: Having access to second-hand is a privilege, as is the choice to buy second-hand over new. Some people are not fortunate enough to have access or the choice.


Activist and organizer with Greenpeace Vancouver. Writes about climate and social justice, feminism, greenwashing, and fossil fuel fuckery.

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