Combat the effects of fast fashion AND add something fab to your wardrobe.
Ever fancied owning a piece of Kylie Minogue’s wardrobe?
Well, now you can, thanks to a campaign by Oxfam which encourages people to shop second-hand clothing in a bid to counter the effects of throwaway fashion.
Items have been donated by a host of people who performed at Glastonbury this year. Minogue has donated a sun visor, while Billie Eilish has donated tour T-shirts and KT Tunstall has donated a sequinned top.
Other stars donating include Gabrielle Aplin, Tame Impala, Sheryl Crow and Vampire Weekend.
Aplin said: “I’ve donated my fabulous gold sparkly jumpsuit because I want someone else to feel as good in it as I did. I love the idea of my outfit being sold by Oxfam to help people who don’t have the basics in life. And I believe passionately in sustainability. Chucking perfectly good clothes in landfill really has to stop.”
Clothes by the artists will be available to win or buy from the Oxfam Online Shop until September, when Oxfam’s Second-hand September campaign takes place. The campaign asks people to say no to new items of clothing for one month.
According to Oxfam, 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill every week, and low prices for throwaway fashion means “garment workers around the world tend not to be paid a living wage, making it impossible for them to work their way out of poverty”.
A group of influential MPs had recommended that a penny tax be implemented on all new clothes to fund better textile recycling and tackle the UK’s culture of disposable fast fashion, but this was rejected by the government.
Buying second-hand gives a new lease of life to old clothes and helps the environment and, if you buy from charity shops, can also help people in need. We’re sold on the benefits.