September is a month of changes in many ways; the weather is turning, we’re digging out our winter coats and preparing the kids to go back to school. But for ethical fashionista’s it means just one thing:
Oxfam’s #SecondhandSeptember campaign encourages us to ditch fast fashion and buy only second hand items for the whole of September. Having bought nothing new for an entire year in 2019 I’m feeling rather excited about joining in with another month of charity shops, vintage sites and resale apps, but if you’re wondering why you should make the pledge then here’s 3 rather scary facts that might encourage you to give it a go…
It takes 10,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans
For perspective, that’s the equivalent of over 13 years drinking water for one person. Now think about how many pairs of jeans you have in your wardrobe… How crazy is that?!
13 million items of clothing are thrown into landfill every week
Not every year, not every month but every single week. And that’s just the figures for the UK, can you imagine the worldwide total?
One load of washing can shed up to 17 million plastic micro fibres
That’s 17 million tiny pieces of plastic making its way into our oceans and potentially our food chain. I wonder how much plastic was consumed by the fish I ate yesterday? And how much of that is now in my system? Microplastics have been found as far away as the Arctic and Antarctic so there really is no escaping it for our marine life.
If you’ve not been surprised by any of those facts & figures then you either already know your stuff and I applaud you, or you are a cold-hearted planet-hater! Joking aside, those are the scary facts of fashion and things we really should keep in mind when faced with the deluge of “must have” marketing by clothing brands. Do you really need it? If you do, head to the charity shop and buy secondhand. It’s better for the planet and for your bank balance!
So how about it? Can you pledge to join in with #SecondhandSeptember and buy nothing new for 30 days?