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Today want to say good luck to our incredible @officialoxfamdarlington shop for their annual fashion show, ! They have been wowing fashion-lovers with extravagantly outfits, made and modelled by an army of volunteers, since 2013! As you can see from the photos, Darlington’s volunteer stylists embrace the outlandish and outrageous: as well as the lobster pot dress, past shows have seen a dress made entirely out of old ties – and an outfit “stuffed with half the ivy from my deputy manager’s garden”. “The fashion show shows you that unwanted items can be turned into something new and ,” says Rachel Parry, shop manager. “We do take it to the extreme for the show - but the underlying principle [of and ] is sound.” The show is the highlight of the annual @festivalofthrift, a local celebration of living. Festival director Stella says “Oxglam has been helping us to spread the message about reusing and re-wearing clothes for the past six years. Hats off to Rachel and her team.” Good luck today to Rachel and to all the incredible volunteers taking part, and thank you for being some of Oxfam’s bravest and longstanding fashion pioneers! Photos: @festivalofthrift and Tracy Kidd

Today marks six months since Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa. It was one of the worst tropical Cyclones on record. In this photo - Julia, an Oxfam aid worker in Beira, Mozambique, promotes good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera. After losing her home during the cyclone, she started out as an ‘activista’ and was then hired by Oxfam on a full-time basis. Since the cyclone hit, we have supported over 840,000 people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Malawi with water, sanitation and hygiene in the areas most affected. Your support means we have been able to continue helping people rebuild their lives long after the Cyclone subsided. Thank you. Photo: Peter Caton/DEC

Ok we just had to share this with you. For @worlas3 posted about her wedding in May this year which she and her partner managed to pull off nearly completely second hand!: “My is our wedding day where we tried to use as many second hand things as possible by recycling or upcycling them: - We made our confetti and confetti cones from old books - We made our place name holders using fallen pine cones and dead branches we found on country walks - We upcycled used glass jars for our table centre pieces - We upcycled old pieces of wood for our wedding signs and also bought some second hand chalk boards to decorate ourselves - We bought all of our afternoon tea crockery from charity shops and car boot sales and upcycled some of the plates into cake stands - We borrowed chair covers and bought second hand chair ties - We hired all our glassware - We bought our sweetie jars second hand - We used second hand galvanised buckets and wheelbarrows for drinks and ice - We bought second hand games to keep everyone entertained such as a foosball table and dart board We then gave away, donated to charity shops or sold everything again afterwards so somebody else could use them ♻️” Now that’s how you do it. Congratulations @worlas3 !

Today we announce our Wardrobe Challenge! It’s so easy to take part: 1. Post a series of items on Instagram stories that you no longer love or don’t wear, (or you still love but you feel could be happy in a new home!) 2. Ask your followers with an Insta Poll whether you should keep it, or give it a new life through donation. 3. Remember to tag us (@oxfamgb , and @vestiaireco ) so we can see too! Watch our insta story to see which celebs have already taken the Wardrobe Challenge plunge and know that when you donate your clothes to your local Oxfam they raise money to fund our lifesaving work all over the world and help beat poverty for good.

The textile industry now accounts for 1.2 billion tonnes of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions annually – that’s more than international aviation and shipping combined. And, despite the , this could rise by more than 60 per cent by 2030. But there is something we can all do. If we start to think about our clothing consumption and consider other methods, like buying from sustainable brands or second hand, reusing and recycling, we can make an impact as a nation. We have a choice. Repost this film to spread the message. If you haven’t yet signed up to - link is in our bio.

This stat is shocking and shows just how polluting the UK’s consumption of new clothes really is. 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. This is the same amount of carbon emissions the nation could save if we all took part in . Together we can make a difference and help reduce fast fashion's impact on both the and people living in around the world.

The first winner of our prize draw is @dawnclews with a fabulous selection of second hand baby clothes! She said: “I feel it's really important to start looking for little ways to be more , and doing this also saves a bit of money, so it's a win-win for me. I find buying secondhand a better way to shop as my little one grows so quickly that it's definitely better for the . Then when you're done, you can donate or sell them again, if the quality's okay, the circle is maintained.” Congratulations Dawn, a bag full of goodies gifted by the amazing designer @anthonyburrill and a selection of other treats from our sourced by Oxfam range should be on their way to you next week!

We went LIVE earlier with @KnickersModelsOwn (who gave up buying new for a whole year) talking to @FeeGeeFeeGee about the art of buying and styling second hand clothes at our new @oxfamsuperstore (opening Saturday in Oxford!) Help prevent the impact of on and help beat poverty by giving up new clothes for 30 days! (Link in bio)


When hit in March 2019 it dumped nearly a year’s worth of rain on the region in just a few days and submerged entire villages. In the midst of the unfolding humanitarian crisis, hit just over a month later – the first time ever that two powerful storms have hit Mozambique so close together. Climate change means that super storms are likely to produce more rain, and more devastating costal floods due to sea-level rises. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth have also come on the back of several years of drought in much of the region, which has been made worse by climate change. Farmers who had already faced several consecutive failed harvests, saw this year’s crops washed away. The carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK each month is greater than flying a plane 900 times around the world. We can do something to help slow the impact of on climate change and help the poorest people in the world, by considering what we buy and where it is from. Sign up to to say no to new clothes for 30 days (link in bio) Photo: @tommy.trenchard

has finally begun! And we've got a cheeky prize draw for you: 1. Share a photo of your favourite second hand find or upcycled item 2. Include AND tag @OxfamGB in the caption You will be entered into a prizedraw that will run throughout September. Ts&cs in the link in our bio.

Today is the first day of ! Are you wearing your upcycled shirt? Your second hand shoes? Celebrate with us by regramming this film and find out why we are saying no to new clothes to protect the planet and beat poverty!

The poorest people in the world who did the least to cause are suffering most. Join (link in bio) to send a clear message to the clothing industry that we don’t want to buy clothes that harm our planet and the people in it.

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