Summer is here and with it comes all the social events like festivals, holidays, weddings and BBQ’s, so when you’re trawling through the sales trying to find the perfect outfits for your summer plans, we are asking you to buy your clothes second-hand as part of the Summer of Pre-Loved campaign, run by the Charity retail Association.
I think we can safely say for a lot of the British public, Love Island is a big part of marking the beginning of the summer season. This year, the hit ITV2 show has started the summer sustainably by announcing that they are coupling up with eBay, their first ever second-hand sponsor. With this partnership the contestants of the show are seen wearing pre-loved items on screen and will be donating their clothes for resale after the show. It’s incredible to see the promotion for shopping second-hand on TV, but why are we seeing this change from fast fashion to pre-loved?
In a study by Oxfam, it was found that 13 million items of clothing are sent to landfill every week and the textile industry accounts for up to 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, shopping second-hand is a valuable way to leave a lighter footprint on the planet, while fast-fashion is actively impacting the climate change crisis.
Charity shops are a key part of sustainable shopping as everything sold is second-hand and with thanks to environmentally aware consumers, charity shopping is becoming the new trend for 2022.
With 17 shops across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, our shops are filled with some wonderfully unique treasures for a much cheaper price than the large chain stores. You could find your perfect festival outfit, from the, essential for raving bucket hat to those bright and vibey trousers you’ve always wanted!
At Hospiscare, all the money from purchases in our shops helps to raise vital funds for local patients and their families living with a terminal illness. By shopping for your festival outfit, or even just a pair of shorts, at a Hospiscare charity shop, you will be helping to provide care in your local community whilst also helping the environment.