Fashion reuse charity TRAID is teaming up once again with other wonderful charities at Southbank Centre as part of the Charity Shop Emporium Weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December. Here they advocate the power of going #secondhandfirst.
Journey beyond the confines of your wardrobe and hidden just out of view, there are huge numbers of people and resources involved in making your clothes.
It’s easy not to see the farmers growing cotton in places like Benin, Ethiopia and India, or the vast quantities of water, land and pesticides used to grow crops, or the garment workers not earning enough to support themselves or their families in some of the poorest places in the world.
At TRAID, a charity funding projects to clean up fashion and the environment by reusing unwanted clothes, they abide by the principle that making clothes should not harm people or our planet.
They run wonderful well-stocked charity shops providing an alternative to the high street. They make it as easy as possible for people to donate clothes they no longer want, and fund work to improve conditions in the global textile industry.
Yet, in the face of over-consumption and complex exploitative supply chains, creating positive change can feel like an impossible task.
A good place to start is by celebrating the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the clothes and other resources you already have in use for longer. It’s a practical way of immediately adopting a more sustainable way of living and has huge environmental and social benefits.
Rebalance your wardrobe by sourcing a percentage of your clothes in more interesting, fun and socially beneficial ways, like charity shops, swapping, lending and making. It’s all part of a process of valuing and making better use of what we already have.
Increasing our use of second-hand also includes a social and cultural dimension that has the potential to transform us from individual consumers into collective citizens. It connects us to communities and people rather than material objects, and loosens the grip of advertising and corporations on shaping our style and identity.
TRAID are at Southbank Centre’s Charity Shop Emporium on Sat 10 & Sun 11 Dec. They promise to have lots of very garish festive jumpers in stock!
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