Turn last year's slip dress into more than just a killer party look at Oxfam
Did you know that 84% of all unwanted clothes end up in a landfill site? It’s a scary statistic for sure! That’s why we are huge fans of reusing and recycling our pre-loved pieces and discovering sustainable ways to get as much life out of our gently-used clothes, shoes and accessories instead of tossing them in the trash.
If, at the end of your wardrobe detox, you are left with a mountain of leftovers and want to do something positive with them, try Oxfam. There’s something heartwarming in the knowledge that last year’s Chloe slip dress can do more than just make for a killer party look – it can also help fight poverty if you donate it to an Oxfam vintage shop. The international charity organization collects clothing donations at its network of second-hand shops around the world, including 53 in Germany alone. A network of volunteers sort, merchandise and sell items with the proceeds going to support the non-profit’s goal of alleviating global poverty.
Since not every item gets sold in their shops, Oxfam makes good use of unsold items by working with textile recycling companies, social enterprises and employment projects around the world, meaning no donated item goes to waste. They even partner with fashion design schools and students around the world, including AMD Berlin, to put together fashion shows using recycled fabrics or reinterpreted pieces from items in their shops. Sustainable fashion lies at the heart of Oxfam.
But it isn’t just high-street fashion that finds a home in their shops. According to Oxfam Germany, they’ve received everything from a vintage Hermes bag to a book signed by Salvador Dali! Perhaps you may even find a new treasure or two to take home…