I’m Supporting Second Hand September

31st August 2019

I’m Supporting Second Hand September


This September, it seems Oxfam are trying to make ‘second hand’ on trend.

Ironically in the same month as London Fashion Week, they are asking people to say no to new clothes for 30 days and shop second hand, taking the pledge for. On their website, they state that 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. It’s also ridiculously shocking.


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And here’s another one for you: the clothes that we (the UK) throw into a landfill every year weigh as much as the Empire State Building.  Now I’ve been to New York three times. That is a bloody massive building.

Fast fashion is described as inexpensive clothing produced rapidly to appeal to the masses with the latest trends. And we all know that trends move at warp speed these days. Despite being about three years behind any fashion, even I have been swept up in the ease of buying a new top for a night out, or treating myself to a new handbag that I probably didn’t need.

Now I know this would seem perfectly timed for ‘Second hand September’, but it’s just coincidental that I decided to stop buying ‘things’ about a month ago (28 days at the time of writing this to be precise, not that I’m counting).

After a rough few months of trying to throw money at my situation and failing miserably, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t ‘things’ that made me happy. And even though I knew this deep down before, it never really stopped me from buying a new pair of shoes to try and put a smile on my face. Don’t even get me started on the candles.

So I decided that I would put myself on a three month ban. It might seem a bit excessive, but I thought that it would be good to test myself. And in the process, figure out what truly makes me happy. I’ll be honest, initially I was doing it for personal reasons, but seeing the Oxfam campaign, I know that by opting out of fast fashion for a few months could make a difference too.

As well as not buying clothes, I decided to stop buying other stuff too. Every ‘thing’ that wasn’t deemed essential. So no more stuff for the apartment, Tupperware or candles. Gym outfits, books or notebooks. It was getting a bit ridiculous. I think I have a notebook for pretty much every element of my life and my place is definitely where you want to be if there’s a power cut.

Instead, I’m spending money on activities, things that are good for my soul and make my heart feel full. So far, so good.

You might not be ready to go on a three month ‘ban’ like I have, but maybe you can consider taking the pledge for ‘Second Hand September’ and head down to your local charity shop to see what’s on offer. Or at least think twice before you just nip to H&M to pick up a new outfit, or call at Monki to see what amazing dresses they have (Side note: I LOVE the dresses in Monki)

Remember, every little helps. And I think that we need to try and do our bit to help our little planet.

Find out more about Second Hand September here > https://oxfamapps.org/secondhandseptember

With love

Lindsey x


  1. Lucy Cassidy

    I love this, I went to Mexico and got some clothes there back in April and I haven’t bought any clothing since. But I like the idea of no other things as well. I’m planning not to buy clothes for a year, but I might try it with other non essential things as well.

    • Lindsey Roberts

      Thanks! Yeah I think to be honest, it was just a habit that I got into. Now i’m aware of it, I haven’t missed ‘things’ at all. And I have found that I’m rediscovering my wardrobe!! Let me know how you get on with the non essentials! L x


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