Second Hand September
You already know that we one thing we are trying really hard to change is people's attitude to fast fashion. It is absolutely unsustainable
every week 13 million items of clothing end up in UK landfill
it would take 13 years for one person do drink the water needed to make one cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans
Choosing to buy second hand can really help, so we are more than happy to join Oxfam's Second Hand September initiative and pledge to buy only second hand for 30 days or more. Of course, if you are buying your second hand goods from Oxfam, you are also reinvesting your money into helping the poorest people on the planet to earn a fair living and beat poverty.
Take a look at their page to find out more, including an excellent section on how to remove stains from your clothes, thus making them last longer.
So you already know that we love second hand clothes. After all, our Give Boxes and Clothes Swap are all about making second hand acceptable and easy.
But it's not just about clothes -
If you go into many of our High Street fashion stores you will now see a section devoted to household good and gifts. Yes, we are encouraged to buy for our home in the same way that we are encouraged to buy for our bodies
Buy it cheap,
Buy it often
Throw it away
Don't think too much about how or where the item was made for such a low price
We think of it as fast fashion furniture and we don't like it.
Of course, we want you to choose things for your home that make it just that - your home - but you don't need to buy a whole new look, then chuck it all out when that particular fashion changes.
Just as we do for our clothes, when we want something new for our home, we always look for second hand first. That way we are not only saving the piece of furniture from landfill, we are also saving the trees that would have been cut down and all the energy that would have gone into making something new.
We needed (needed? wanted, is more accurate!) a new sofa this month so - as we always do - we headed first for Gumtree. We also like other local sites such as facebay and freecycle, and have been known to frequent e-bay.
And, once again, we found just what we were looking for.
The sellers admitted that they had hardly sat on it (the two seater) as they used the three seater when they were watching TV. So we have a barely-used sofa that cost us, and the planet, a tiny fraction of a new one, and the sellers got a bit of cash and avoided having to put it in landfill.
However, we must point out that we are not killjoys and we are only human so although much of our furniture has been pre-loved, we do, of course, sometimes buy new. And that opens a whole new can of worms when you try to buy sustainably. You really need to ask yourself the same questions that - we hope - you ask when it comes to buying new clothes.
But that's for another blog - coming soon.