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Second Hand September

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. and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

Share your second hand finds on Twitter and Instagram with #SecondHandSeptember to be entered into our prize draw to win prizes each week.

PRIZE DRAW

Share your second hand finds and win!

We want you to share your second hand finds or upcycled items during Second Hand September for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

TO ENTER THIS PRIZE DRAW:

  1. Share a photo of your best second hand find or upcycle on either Twitter or Instagram
  2. Use the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember
  3. Tag @OxfamGB in the caption

All posts using the hashtag and tag will be entered into our prize draw and a winner will be randomly drawn each Friday during September.

The draw will open Sunday 1st September 2019 and close at 10:00am Friday 27th September. Multiple entries will be counted so share your finds throughout the month for more chances to win! Winners will be contacted via their chosen social media platform.

Terms and conditions

    Terms and conditions

  1. By entering this prize draw, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  2. The promoter is Oxfam a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (612172) and a registered charity in England & Wales (202918) and Scotland (SC039042) with registered office at Oxfam House, John Smith Drive. Cowley Oxford OX4 2JY.

    Eligibility

  1. All UK residents excluding residents of Northern Ireland are eligible to enter.
  2. Entrants must be 16 years of age or over.

    Entry Requirements

  1. To enter, participants must share an image on Instagram or Twitter of their favourite second hand find or upcycle project, tag @OxfamGB in the caption and use the hashtag #SecondHandSeptember
  2. Entries will be entered into all future draws during September and multiple entries will be counted. Previous winners will be excluded from future draws.
  3. The prize draw opens at 8:00am Sunday 1st September and closes at 10:00am on Friday 27th September.

    The Winner

  1. A winner will be drawn at random each Friday during September with a total of four winners.
  2. Each winner will be contacted by 10:15am via direct message on their chosen social media account and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond within 24 hours of being notified by Oxfam, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and Oxfam shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will have to respond to notification of their win within 24 hours or else they will also forfeit their prize). If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner's prize will be forfeited and Oxfam shall be entitled to select another winner.
  3. Oxfam’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

    Prize

  1. A mystery prize will be awarded each week.
  2. No cash alternative can be substituted.
  3. The receipt by the winning entrants of any of the prize components is conditional upon compliance by the winner with these rules. Winning entrants may be required to provide a written acknowledgement of these rules and other terms and conditions, consents or releases relating to the prizes.

    General

  1. Oxfam shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performing its obligations to the winners if such delay or failure is caused by circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Neither shall Oxfam be liable to the winners for any loss or damage suffered in connection with this prize draw and/or the prize, save in respect of death or personal injury caused by the negligence or fraud of Oxfam.
  2. 15. Oxfam reserves the right to make any reasonable amendments to these terms and conditions at any stage. In this event, a notice will be posted on https://www.oxfamapps.org.uk/secondhandseptember
  3. As a condition of entering the prize draw, entrants must ensure that, by doing so, they do not contravene any laws of their country of residence. Oxfam will not be liable in any way if any entrant enters the prize draw unlawfully.
  4. The winners will be asked to make their social tag and winning image available for OxfamGB to share across their social channels. All other entrants may also be contacted by Oxfam.
  5. Any personal information collected by Oxfam in connection with a prize draw will be used in accordance with Oxfam’s privacy policy https://www.oxfam.org.uk/privacy-and-security/full-privacy-policy
  6. This prize draw and these Ts&Cs shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising therefrom.
  7. By participating you hereby release Instagram and Twitter from any and all liability associated with this promotion.
  8. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram or Twitter.

Take the 30 day pledge

We’ll give you all 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.

Can YOU tell they’re second hand?

Check out a few of our favourite summer looks.

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Simple Summer Looks: Can YOU tell they’re second-hand?

It has to be said, the time for a true fashion revolution is now. Pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days this September, and together we can reduce the mountain of clothing that ends up in landfill and start shopping in a way that’s kinder to people and to the planet.

You may have a job interview. A dinner date. A weekend away. Whatever September brings, we’ve got the second-hand outfits to match. Here are a few looks to give you a taster.

If you’re looking for the perfect date outfit, culottes teamed with a pretty blouse and retro pumps are a great way to keep it smart, casual and stylish. Worn by Francesca.

Yes, we’ve even got clothes smart enough to help you breeze that job interview. Throw a blouse in a bright shade over a simple black dress, with matching accessories. Worn by Yasko.

It’s gig night… Pair a graphic t-shirt with a bold printed shirt – the bigger the clash the better – and wear with basic black cargo trousers or jeans. Worn by Alan.

Special, family get-together? A glittering top is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to more conservative skirts or trousers. Add matching strappy shoes and you’re done. Worn by Yvadney.

People like you are already rocking some great looks #foundinoxfam – check out some of the best buys on Instagram and Twitter now.

Photo credit: Hannah Mornement/Oxfam

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Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis with Wastesaver

Find out more about our unique recycling centre

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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

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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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