Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. In September 2019 an incredible 62,000 people pledged to say no to new clothes for 30 days. You can join them. Get tips for your own 30 day 'no to new clothes' challenge.

Fast fashion facts

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Take the 30 day pledge

We've got the fast fashion facts, second hand shopping tips and inspiration you need to make your 30 days of no new clothes a breeze. Saying yes to second hand stops great clothes from going to landfill – giving them a longer life. And when you shop at Oxfam, every item helps people beat poverty too.

Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis with Wastesaver

Find out more about our unique recycling centre


Wastesaver - Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis

Drop that jacket, skirt or shirt off at your local Oxfam shop and there’s a good chance it will sell there. But what happens if it doesn’t – is it destined for the bin after all? Thankfully not. At Oxfam we work really hard to find a new use for every item of clothing you give. And it’s all thanks to a very busy warehouse in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Oxfam has been doing the reusing and reselling thing since the 1940s, when the first Oxfam Shop opened. Then, in 1974, Oxfam became the first national charity to develop its own facility for recycling and reusing clothes that never sends clothes to landfill. Wastesaver now handles 12,000 tonnes of textiles every year.

So what happens to your clothes once they get to Wastesaver?

First they make their way down huge conveyor belts; lined by our team of clothing experts, who are ready to decide where each and every item should go to continue its life. Then they’re packed up and sent or sold on to the most suitable market – never to landfill. Here are some of the exciting places they could end up next.

The knock-on effect doesn’t stop there. Shopping and donating with Oxfam also raises funds to help people living in poverty. So it’s a win-win-win for people and for the planet. For anyone keen to shop more sustainably – and to make a real difference – it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Are your jeans drinking up the world’s water?

Your wardrobe could be glugging more than you think


Are your jeans drinking up the world’s water? We’ve got a refreshing alternative for you…

From growing the cotton to the dyeing process, it can take an estimated 20,000 litres of water to make just one pair of jeans and one t-shirt. To put this into perspective, it would take more than 13 years to drink this amount.

Millions of pairs of jeans are sold in the UK every year. But with so many people around the world living without safe, clean water – and global demand for water continuing to rise – you’ve got to wonder if such a thirst for fashion can go on.

Saving water is just one way you’ll be helping the planet and its people by pledging not to buy new clothes for 30 days. And when you shop for second hand jeans at Oxfam, you’ll be helping to make sure that families around the world get the water they need.

That’s because all profits go to our work helping communities beat poverty around the world. Which includes providing clean, safe water – something we all need to live a healthy, dignified life. In fact, in the words of Takudzwa, an Oxfam water engineer in Zimbabwe, water IS life...

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Top tips for your own 30 day challenge

Here are some top tips for going second hand any month of the year (or all of them!)...

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