Monday 23 September 2019

Second Hand September

'Will You Take the Pledge?'
Oxfam has declared this month as Second Hand September and they are asking people to pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. 

I was looking at their site and was astounded by some of the figures.

  • Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill.

  • Buying just one white cotton shirt produces the same amount of emissions as driving 35 miles in a car.

  • In one month alone, the carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK was greater than flying a plane around the world 900 times.

  • 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. (It would take more than 13 years to drink this amount.)

Throughout the month of September, Oxfam have been holding competitions* for folks to share their second hand or up-cycled clothes projects.

*Closing date is 
Friday 27th September 2019.

For more on this check out:

Autumn Leaf

Climate Strike & Beach Clean

Other events happening this September was the climate strike Friday 20th (will do an article on this later), plus a Nationwide Beach Clean most of which took place weekend of 21st/22nd Sept. There are other beach clean events throughout the year. 

More details at:
Climate Change Summit
2019 marked the first year for the UN Youth Summit held on 21st September 2019, the first UN climate summit for young people. UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit was then held on 23 September in New York.

Teen activist Greta Thunberg made a passionate speech to the summit. She said: “You come to us young people for hope – how dare you? You have stolen my dreams, my childhood with your empty words.

“How dare you continue to look away, and come here saying that you are doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”

Recycling Week
Recycle week in the UK is between 23rd-29th September 2019. There's a great video and some recycling tips here at:

'A shocking 79% of plastic ever produced is still in the environment.
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.'
Art Activism
Also taking place Mid Sept to Mid October 2019 is the 'Art of Activisim Exhibition' sponsored by Friends of the Earth. 

They say on their site, 'Friends of the Earth has partnered with theprintspace and The Guardian to host a month-long exhibition featuring artistic interpretations of the current climate emergency. Whether you're an artist, an art lover or activist, there's something for everyone.'
Saving Trees
Worried about the burning of trees in the Amazon? Why not donate to WWF for their Amazon appeal? 

See bottom of this post for more details: 

Meanwhile a great eco site Floral Fox, are pledging to plant 2 new trees for every order received in Aug/September. 

You can also donate more trees (via the Eden Reforestation Project) on their site, why not tag that into your order?

Also see my Trees for Life article on more ways trees are being saved.

Waste Reduction

Don't forget also Waste Reduction Week is coming up in November. More details at:

Autumn Leaves by a Lake