Hello! How are you? It’s officially Autumn in the UK and I cannot believe the summer is over. The year isn’t over yet and I’m excited for the next few months. I’ll be back at university at the end of this month, so treating September as a whole new year… I think a lot of people are doing this too after everything that has happened this year. So, I’m feeling optimistic that this last few months of this year will be great. It’s been an exciting but busy few weeks and I’m fully embracing Second Hand September.
An Exciting New Chapter
I’m going to jump straight in and share my exciting news on my blog… I’m officially an ambassador for Remake! Remake is a non-profit organisation with a focus on breaking up with fast fashion. I’ve recently written a post on How I’ve Been Breaking Up with Fast Fashion, if you fancied reading more. The Remake community is a group of likeminded people from across the globe, who believe that “fashion can be a force for good”. It’s also about supporting women and the planet – something that fits into my own way of life perfectly. I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you on my blog. If you want to follow this more closely, then there’s a link to my socials at the bottom of this post.
Second Hand September
If you think doing Remake’s 90 days #nonewclothes challenge is too much of an ask for your first go at cutting out fast fashion, then this is for you! Oxfam have created Second Hand September, where you pledge to shop second hand for 30 days or more. As we know, the fashion industry puts a huge strain on the environment, and shopping second hand can definitely help. There’s interesting facts on Oxfam’s SHS page, but the one that stuck out to me the most is that the UK sends 13 million items of clothing to landfill EVERY WEEK! Isn’t that a shocking statistic!
I first heard about Second Hand September from one of my favourite slow fashion campaigners, Venetia La Manna. She talked about how important it is to celebrate what you already own. So, with that in mind, I’ve also been digging around my wardrobe and wearing clothes I have bought and never worn (I know, so awful) and mending clothes or taking them up so they fit… total “make do and mend” vibes. I have clothes that I still wear weekly that I’ve owned for 5 years and still find new ways to wear them – which is definitely such a fun aspect of this challenge.
But, there are other ways you can get involved too. Shopping vintage is always fun and a great way to take part in Second Hand September – as is charity shop hunting. Swapping clothes with friends and family, or through websites such as Swopped is a great way to bring new pieces into your wardrobe, too!