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Second Hand September

Help people and the planet - pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days

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 unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

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Get ready for Second Hand September

We’ll give you all the shopping tips, styling tricks and inspiration you need to make your month of no new a breeze. Saying yes to second hand stops great clothes from going to landfill – giving them a longer life. And when you shop at Oxfam, every item helps people beat poverty too.

Can YOU tell they’re second hand?

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Simple Summer Looks: Can YOU tell they’re second-hand?

It has to be said, the time for a true fashion revolution is now. Pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days this September, and together we can reduce the mountain of clothing that ends up in landfill and start shopping in a way that’s kinder to people and to the planet.

You may have a job interview. A dinner date. A weekend away. Whatever September brings, we’ve got the second-hand outfits to match. Here are a few looks to give you a taster.

If you’re looking for the perfect date outfit, culottes teamed with a pretty blouse and retro pumps are a great way to keep it smart, casual and stylish. Worn by Francesca.

Yes, we’ve even got clothes smart enough to help you breeze that job interview. Throw a blouse in a bright shade over a simple black dress, with matching accessories. Worn by Yasko.

It’s gig night… Pair a graphic t-shirt with a bold printed shirt – the bigger the clash the better – and wear with basic black cargo trousers or jeans. Worn by Alan.

Special, family get-together? A glittering top is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to more conservative skirts or trousers. Add matching strappy shoes and you’re done. Worn by Yvadney.

People like you are already rocking some great looks #foundinoxfam – check out some of the best buys on Instagram and Twitter now.

Photo credit: Hannah Mornement/Oxfam

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Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis with Wastesaver

Find out more about our unique recycling centre

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Wastesaver - Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis

Drop that jacket, skirt or shirt off at your local Oxfam shop and there’s a good chance it will sell there. But what happens if it doesn’t – is it destined for the bin after all? Thankfully not. At Oxfam we work really hard to find a new use for every item of clothing you give. And it’s all thanks to a very busy warehouse in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Oxfam has been doing the reusing and reselling thing since the 1940s, when the first Oxfam Shop opened. Then, in 1974, Oxfam became the first national charity to develop its own facility for recycling and reusing clothes that never sends clothes to landfill. Wastesaver now handles 12,000 tonnes of textiles every year.

So what happens to your clothes once they get to Wastesaver?

First they make their way down huge conveyor belts; lined by our team of clothing experts, who are ready to decide where each and every item should go to continue its life. Then they’re packed up and sent or sold on to the most suitable market – never to landfill. Here are some of the exciting places they could end up next.

The knock-on effect doesn’t stop there. Shopping and donating with Oxfam also raises funds to help people living in poverty. So it’s a win-win-win for people and for the planet. For anyone keen to shop more sustainably – and to make a real difference – it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Are your jeans drinking up the world’s water?

Your wardrobe could be glugging more than you think

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Are your jeans drinking up the world’s water? We’ve got a refreshing alternative for you…

From growing the cotton to the dyeing process, it can take an estimated 20,000 litres of water to make just one pair of jeans and one t-shirt. To put this into perspective, it would take more than 13 years to drink this amount.

Millions of pairs of jeans are sold in the UK every year. But with so many people around the world living without safe, clean water – and global demand for water continuing to rise – you’ve got to wonder if such a thirst for fashion can go on.

Saving water is just one way you’ll be helping the planet and its people by pledging not to buy new clothes for 30 days. And when you shop for second hand jeans at Oxfam, you’ll be helping to make sure that families around the world get the water they need.

That’s because all profits go to our work helping communities beat poverty around the world. Which includes providing clean, safe water – something we all need to live a healthy, dignified life. In fact, in the words of Takudzwa, an Oxfam water engineer in Zimbabwe, water IS life...

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When you join #SecondHandSeptember we’ll give you all the shopping tips, styling tricks and inspiration you need to make your month of no new a breeze.

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