#SecondHandSeptember Challenge: A look at 'Köpskam' movement

September 11, 2020

#SecondHandSeptember Challenge: A look at 'Köpskam' movement

Most of the sustainable shopper have spotted the #SecondHandSeptember challenge on social media. And even if you have missed or don't know the term- "köpskam," a Swedish movement that wants you to stop buying new clothes and turn to secondhand garments, at least for a month.
The textile industry is among one of the most polluting industry worldwide, it uses 93 billion cubic liters of water a year and emitts 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions.
That's why the "köpskam" (shame of buying) movement got underway in Sweden in the second half of 2019. It follows the "flyskam" movement, the shame of flying, using a polluting plane as a mode of transport. However, "köpskam" isn't about blaming the consumers, but about inviting us to rethink our ways of consuming. It aims to convince us to give up compulsive shopping for new garments and opt for secondhand clothing instead. That's what the #SecondHandSeptember challenge is all about.
NGO Oxfam has launched this environmentally friendly challenge for the second year in a row. British actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel ("I May Destroy You") is supporting this awareness campaign in the UK. The UK is one of the nations that consumes the most textiles in Europe. According to a 2018 report by European Clothing Action Plan, Brits buy an average of 26kg per capital of clothes per year. By way of comparison, the French buy roughly 9kg of new garment every year.

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