The ‘Secondhand September‘ challenge encourages you to rethink buying new and try to find what you need pre-loved when possible. This resource you need may already exist and is awaiting someone like you to help keep it in use.
Participate in the circular economy and do your part to help transform waste into a resource!
Started by Oxfam in the UK, Second Hand September is a 30-day campaign to halt fast fashion, stop buying new clothes and pass along donations of unwanted items.
An article in the New York Times defined fast fashion as “inexpensive, cheaply made clothing rapidly produced by mass-market retailers in response to the latest and most popular trends. Fast fashion is literally designed to fall apart and is a large contributor to throwaway culture and overconsumption.”
The apparel industry’s global emissions output is predicted to increase by 49% by 2030 if nothing changes.
Why is this scary?
This fashion industry is the second highest user of water worldwide, producing 20% of total global water waste.
The fashion and apparel industry is responsible for approximately one third of all microplastics found in the ocean.
Clothing production produces more emissions than international plane travel and shipping combined.
Intersectional Note: It is important to consider some of the limitations of relying only on visiting a secondhand store. Visiting a thrift store requires time, does not ensure item availability or sizing for all, and there may be physical barriers to thrift shopping in person.
We MUST take a stand against senseless waste and we encourage you to take it even further with the suggestions below!
Random Acts of Green challenges you to widen the scope.
Take the Secondhand September challenge even further and look for other ways you can make the most out of materials that already exist.
Here are some examples: