You took part in #SecondHandSeptember in your thousands. Many of you – celebs included – also got online to share your reasons why. Here are just some of our favourite quotes and posts.

1. ‘Inspiring change happens with action’ @akwearsthings

Five words that couldn’t ring truer. As history always proves, it’s when we get up and do something about the issues we care about that things start to change. More than 60,000 of you said no to new with @OxfamGB, showing the fast fashion industry the time for change is NOW.

 

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A new month means a new sustainable style challenge, amiright?! In comes #secondhandseptember, which encourages us to say no to new clothes for the whole month⚡️ . While shopping sustainably has become commonplace in many of our lives, I think it’s fun to spread awareness of sustainable style through monthly challenges like this one by @oxfamgb 🌞 . Inspiring change happens with action. By being open, transparent and outspoken about sustainable style, we can more easily convert people to shop sustainably. We can show them how easy it is by shopping our closets, borrowing from friends, hitting up the thrift store or even organizing a swap meet. And that’s the kind of action that’s going to save our planet 🖤 . Top: Vintage / size M / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt Shorts: @americaneagle / size 8 / thrifted from @goodwillsp Boots: B.O.C. / size 7 / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt Purse: Vintage / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt . #chooseused #goodfinds #cltblogger #secondhandstyle #charlotteblogger #ethicalfashionblogger #fashrev #sustainablestyle #consciousfashion #discoverunder5k #akwearsthings #thriftersunite #cltstyle #individualitymatters #thriftedootd #consciouschic #choosereused #responsiblestyle #charlottethrifters #saynotofastfashion #thriftblogger #whenthriftersthrift #secondhandaintsecondbest #secondhandseptember

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2. ‘Our throwaway culture is having a huge impact on our planet’ @jessicamurae

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. According to our #SecondHandSeptember survey, issues like waste and climate change were massive motivators for taking part. You can read more about the shocking impact of fast fashion here


3. ‘There’s nothing better than when you can combine a need for a new (to you) handbag with giving to charity’ @simplifyyourcloset

Posting on the International Day of Charity, Kaiza bigged up the benefits of buying second hand – for you AND for the causes you care about. Here’s just one way that shopping and donating with @OxfamGB can help fight poverty around the world.

 

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It’s a TRIPLE-WIN kinda situation🌍🤑✌🏽 • September is the month when we’re all A BIT CONFUSED with what to wear. Shorts or winter coat? So let’s completely ignore clothes today and talk ACCESSORIES instead, shall we?! I’ll tell you WHY + HOW buying these things will create a WIN – WIN – WIN situation✨✨✨ • How do you feel about BROWSING charity shops for accessories? Love it or hate it? What about the online charity shops? EH WHAT- ONLINE?!?! • Yup, ladies you can DO GOOD, buy stuff in YOUR PJ’S all while sipping on a glass of PINOT GRIGIO. At least that how I like my shopping sessions to look like😉 • One of my favourite places to hang is at @fashion_4_change ONLINE BOUTIQUE. It’s so aesthetically pleasing + they have some pretty cool CELEBRITY DONATIONS! Who doesn’t want to walk around in GILLIAN ANDERSON’S OLD DRESSING GOWN?! It’s an online fashion-recycling boutique dedicated to fundraising, where you can donate and BUY LUXURY CLOTHES FOR CHARITY. I mean Hello, who doesn’t want to do that! • As you know I’m only buying second hand this September as part of @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember @Oxfamonlineshop have some absolutely crazy luxury designer handbags like Marc Jacobs, Celine, Bottega Veneta for a fraction of the price. Next time you want to invest in accessories look here first, it almost an order. • Accessories is hands down the easiest way to change an outfit + you don’t need a lot of it, just a few WELL SELECTED things that can be combined endlessly💋 • Today is International Day of Charity. To me there’s nothing better than when you can combine a need for a new (to you) handbag with giving to charity – as well as playing a better role slowing down the fast fashion industry. WIN-WIN-WIN 🙌 . . . #dontbuynew #dayofcharity #buyoncebuywell #shopused #stressfreeshopping #charityshopstyle #classicpieces #ecostylist #stylecoach #stylefinder #styleinspostylist #styleista #myfeelgoodfashion #buypreloved #buysecondhandfirst #charityshopbargain #shopsecondhandfirst #previouslyowned #prelovedpremium #prelovedshopping #preloveddesigner #curatedvintage #seasonless #makingstatements #ethicalisthenewblack #fashionrevolution2019

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4. ‘Shocked when I cottoned on that the textiles industry produces MORE pollution than aviation AND shipping combined!’ @sarajcox

The lovely Sara Cox was among some seriously savvy celebs who got tweeting to spread the word about #SecondHandSeptember and the shocking fashion facts that inspired them to take part. Thank you!

 

5. ‘It doesn’t have to be new to suit you’ @PrestonCP

Big thanks to Cats Protection Preston for supporting the cause too – and sharing yet another reason to love preloved. Pop into any charity shop and you’re guaranteed to find something special, basically! Check out our top tips on finding something you love – in a hurry.

 

6 ‘Oxfam offers a way to help reduce the harmful effect of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet and its people.’ @mssophiedahl

Covering everything from the impact of new clothes on precious water sources , to the poverty-busting power of buying and donating with Oxfam, we LOVED Sophie Dahl’s post. Inspired to put your unwanted clothes to good use? Find your local @OxfamGB store here

 

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I’m supporting #SecondHandSeptember and @oxfamgb GB this month by digging out my favourite vintage and thrift dresses and wearing them with joy. @baygarnett was my thrift companion and guru back in the day, and she’s working with Oxfam on this incredible initiative, which is encouraging people to recycle clothes, and, if they are tempted to buy in September, to buy vintage, rather than new. The textile industry accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions… more than international aviation and shipping combined. To keep prices low, garment workers are often not paid a living wage… These are people from some of the poorest communities around the world, and this unfair treatment makes it impossible for them to work their way out of poverty. When clothes are made they often use a LOT of water and/or pollute water (e.g. chemicals in pesticides and dyes). A lack of water (or polluted water) again, affects the poorest people most… Oxfam offers a way to help reduce the harmful effect of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet and its people. By buying and donating your clothes through Oxfam shops you can give clothes a second chance – prolonging their lifespan, while protecting the planet, and raising money to help the poorest people around the world. On the 19th of September @vestiaireco will have an auction selling pieces from all sorts of wonderful women, all of the proceeds of which will go to @oxfamgb There’s some fantastic bits, I waved goodbye to a cream Alberta Ferretti coat which is waiting for a new owner to love it. This is my favourite vintage dress, which I unearthed today, a little column thing from the nineties, photo by my nice husband. Just needs some gazelles, a cigarette and a bit of a cad, and we’re back in ‘97…..

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7. ‘I’ve been making a conscious effort to shop less and when I do, to shop second hand, to hunt out vintage gems and (most importantly!) to treasure the pieces I already have’ @fleurdeforce

When a vlogging queen like @fleurdeforce starts talking about the environmental impact of fast fashion, you know things are a-happening. Huge thanks for sharing your thoughts Fleur – and spreading the word!

 

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Well HELLO September! This month I’m going to be taking part in #SecondHandSeptember (thanks for the heads up @OxfamGB ) and am making a pledge not to buy ANY new clothes for the whole month. Lots of you might have noticed I’ve been uploading A LOT less haul videos recently? The environmental impact of fast fashion is something I’ve been made much more aware of this year and as a result I’ve been making a conscious effort to shop less and when I do, to shop second hand, to hunt out vintage gems and (most importantly!) to treasure the pieces I already have in my wardrobe. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a step back before you buy something and asking yourself ‘Do I really need this?’ and ‘Do I really LOVE this?’ – Excited to take on this challenge – anyone fancy joining me?! 😘

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8. ‘Each year, over 300,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill in the UK’ @zeroinonwaste

Shared by @zeroinonwaste this was one of the campaign’s headline stats and got loads of you talking. Thankfully, we could also share the fact that @OxfamGB saves more than 12,000 tonnes of clothing from landfill every year. Find out more about Wastesaver, our brilliant recycling and sorting centre, here.

 

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Each year, over 300,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill in the UK (source: Ethical Consumer Markets Report 2018), but attitudes to fashion are changing. 🙂⠀ ⠀ From Oxfam’s #secondhandseptember campaign to today’s extinction rebellion protests at #londonfashionweek, its great to see growing awareness of the damaging impact of fast fashion. 🙌⠀ ⠀ Have you changed your fashion shopping habits to reduce waste? 🤔 what are your best tips? 💚⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #zeroniononwaste #zerowasteuk #zerowastelondon #zerowaste #zerowastejourney #zerowastetips #plasticfreejuly #breakfreefromplastic #ecolifestyle #goingzerowaste #beatplasticpollution #lowimpact #ecowarrior #lovetheearth #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreejuly #noplanetb #nomoreplastic #waronwaste #zerowastelife #circulareconomy #ecolife #ecoconscious #lessplastic #wastefree #reducewaste #ecofriendlyliving

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9 ‘@OxfamGB & the world are trying to get people to think more about sustainable fashion. The most sustainable is wearing clothes which already exist’ @weemissbea

The brilliant Aisling Bea knows how to tell it like it is – and all about the many, change-making ways you can shop more sustainably. Like charity shops AND vintage AND renting AND borrowing AND swapping AND… choosing second hand and ethical brands for the costumes on your new telly show.

 

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I know we are half way through but it is #SecondHandSeptember! Huh? What? Yes. PLEASE read on. I looooove 2nd hand & charity shops are as cheap & budget friendly as high street shops which often use pretty much slave labour or dodgy as hell work practices to make their clothes with ridiculous profits for themselves which don’t trickle down to the women & men who make them. @Oxfamgb & the world are trying to get people to think more about Sustainable Fashion. The most sustainable is wearing clothes which already exist. 2nd hand, charity shops, goodwill, vintage, renting, borrowing, swapping! Here’s some pics of a few second marriage outfits I’ve worn of all price ranges. So for even a month why not pledge not to buy new clothes; disrupting the fast fashion cycle, growing awareness of the effect of fast fashion and the 11 million items of clothing that end up in landfill each week. I LOVE charity & 2nd hand shops, see recs below plus NONE of the clothes donated to Oxfam end up in landfill. Plus, by spreading the message that by buying and donating your clothes in our shops, you can slow down the fast fashion cycle, protect our planet, and help the poorest people around the world escape poverty. Oxfam is the only major charity with its own textile sorting facility in Leeds which ensures that 0% of the clothes donated to Oxfam end up in landfill. The plant sorts textiles and recycles them and the recycled clothes go including mattresses, carpet underlay and our sister project in Senegal which sells the clothes in local African markets. Oxfam has launched the 1st online high street charity shop @oxfamonlineshop where hundreds of thousands of vintage, designer, second hand and unique items are listed on our marketplace. Oxfam programmes help women fight for their labour rights and working conditions, which helps get to the root of the fast fashion problem. Also my show #ThisWayUp & @thecostumedirectory designed the whole show using second hand first for the costumes or else small ethical brands! It CAN be done! @salvagedproject @maryportasofficial @vestiaireco @beyondretro @suerydercharity @sheltercharity @one_scoop_store

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