#Secondhandfirst Week 2016 will take place from Monday 21 – Sunday 27 November. It celebrates the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the resources we already have in use for longer. It was launched by TRAID in 2014 and our key aim is to increase the number of people committing to wearing and sourcing more of their clothes (and other resources) second-hand, rather than new. The week will be packed full of events and actions, both in the UK and across the globe, to connect you to the huge environmental and social benefits of second-hand.
Whether you are an individual or group, a school or workplace, there are lots of ways to get involved including taking part in any of the events TRAID and our partners run throughout the week (details available in the Events section of our website later in the year), or wherever in the world you are based, set up your own event or action to coincide with the week. You can fill in our event form to let us know what you are doing, and we’ll be in touch with you to discuss how we can support you.
One thing you can do straight away, is to take our Take our online #Secondhandfirst pledge and commit to sourcing more of your wardrobe second-hand, rather than buying new. Upload a photograph wearing your favourite second-hand finds using the hashtag #Secondhandfirst.
Last year, hundreds of people in London, Bristol, Leeds, Sydney, New York and Madrid took part in repair and up-cycling workshops, second-hand styling, clothes swaps, blogging on second-hand, screening documentaries on the fashion industry, sharing favourite second-hand pieces on social media, a yoga fundraiser for a TRAID project preventing child labour in the garment industry and much more. Here’s the story of everything that happened during #Secondhandfirst Week 2015.
While TRAID’s second-hand focus is clothes, we also welcome other organisations working to reuse and repair any other material goods like bikes, furniture and electrics. If you are running events and initiatives related to #Secondhandfirst Week, get in touch as we may be able to collaborate during the week to draw attention to your work.