What are you doing this September?
Are you going to sign up for Second Hand September 2019, If so just click here and take the challenge! It’s fairly simple, pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Can we all do that? You will find some reasons to commit below!
Oxfam has launched Second-hand September, a campaign encouraging consumers to not purchase new clothing over the next month. Instead, you can consider reusing old clothing or buying upcycle or second-hand clothes from the many charity shops located around Ireland.
Oxfam wants people to take a 30-day pledge, saying yes to second-hand which stops great clothes from going to landfill and gives them a longer life. It reduces waste, water usage, transportation and harmful environmental impacts related to the production of new clothing.
Did you know, it can take 10,000 liters of water to produce a kilo of cotton. Cotton is a water-dependent crop and uses a large amount of water to produce and process. The Water Footprint Network estimates that, on average, over 10,000 liters are required to produce 1 kg of cotton fabric – enough for one pair of jeans. Put another way, the fabric used to make a pair of jeans and a T-shirt uses about the same amount of water as the average person needs to drink for 10 years.
Extend life – one of the most effective ways to reduce your clothing footprint is to wear what’s already in your wardrobe for longer. This means looking after your clothes, washing them less frequently, patching your jeans and darning the holes in your T-shirts. If you don’t know how to darn you can learn, ask your gran or watch a video
Leave new on the shelf – trawl second-hand shops, charity shops, vintage and retro markets for that special item. You will be surprised!
Upcycle, downcycle, recycle – Cotton clothes can be shared and upcycled to make any number of accessories, including jewelry, patches, and bags. If you have unwanted clothes why not send them to charity shops. Whatever state they’re in; even if they can’t be worn again, they’ll be sold for downcycling into cleaning rags and other non-clothing uses.
What about microfibres? – the clothing version of plastic microbeads, which have been hearing about in the news. There is increasing concern related to microfibres including how items of clothing shed tiny threads in the wash, which are then washed away and ingested by fish, which some of us eat. Fleece materials and microfibers clothes used in households across the country are considered contributors.
Cloth made from synthetics fabrics such as polyester, rayon, acrylic, nylon, etc. is implicated as the source of water pollution. Microfibers, as the name suggested, are extremely small so they can easily move through our water and sewage treatment plants. Unlike natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, synthetic fibers do not break down which causes challenges for the environment.
Did you know 23,000 tonnes of textiles are processed through Irish Charity Shops Association members yearly all of which is diverted from landfill or incineration? 12,000 tonnes are sold to customers like you and me for wearable reused with 11,000 tonnes sent to textile recyclers. We had a look and found listings for 96 charity shops in Dublin alone so there is no excuse not to sign up for Second Hand September 2019 – lots of clothes to choose from and lots of shops to buy from!
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning, not for profit, social enterprise established to create employment and promote environmental awareness through recycling and reuse. We work in partnership with WEEE Ireland and are authorized by your local authority to provide electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling collections across Dublin since 2007. Recycle IT are fully compliant for WEEE collection with permit detail available here.