The Second-Hand Clothing Market and How to Incorporate Upcycled Textiles Into Your Business, with Oxfam

The Second-Hand Clothing Market and How to Incorporate Upcycled Textiles Into Your Business, with Oxfam

Elen Newcombe-Ling Monday, 12 August 2019

Have you ever wondered how you can begin to incorporate second-hand textiles into your business? Or wondered where all the clothes that get donated to charity shops actually go? 

In this video, we chat to Elen Newcombe-Ling, Private Sector Partnerships Manager at Oxfam GB, about the second-hand clothing industry. We discover how Oxfam processes all their textile donations, the positive social and environmental impacts of the second-hand market, and how to start to incorporate second-hand textiles into your design business.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • About how the second-hand clothing market has changed
  • How Oxfam distributes second-hand clothing
  • What happens to the excess clothing donated to charity shops
  • How partnerships with retail giants are supporting social and environmental causes
  • About the impact of donations sent to third-world countries
  • If you can incorporate second-hand clothing into a design business at scale

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