Have you heard about the ‘Secondhand September’ movement?

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 resource!

Make the pledge to be a secondhand seeker this month and join the Secondhand September 2021 movement. 

 

Get access to a shareable pledge badge and resources along the way.

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What is the Secondhand September challenge all about?

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.”

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 especially without varying sizing, 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!

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How to take the Secondhand September challenge even further

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:

  • Renting – borrow the items you need from a library, service or peer-to-peer network. 
  • Upcycle – transform a material you already have into the item you are looking for.
  • Swap – host or attend a clothing swap to help redistribute items locally.
  • Recycled Materials –  take a closer look at the materials used in manufacture of items you need and support makers that create using second hand materials. Not all items themselves can be bought second hand but perhaps those products can be consciously created using repurposed materials. 
  • Borrow – for items that you need for a limited time, ask people in your networks if they can lend you what you need.
  • Repair – try to mend what you have or have it altered or fixed by someone who can.
  • Consume less – simply buy only what you need and nothing more.

     

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