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Unwrap Real Hope & Joy this Christmas

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift this Christmas?  Why not give something different and check out our Unwrapped gift range! These poverty-beating presents are guaranteed to raise a smile and last a lifetime!

What is Unwrapped?

Each gift in the Oxfam Unwrapped range has been picked because, alongside one of the four funds that it represents, it plays an important part in helping people affected by poverty to build a brighter future. Your gift will go where it’s needed most and begin to make an immediate difference. Each community we work with has different needs, so we ensure families living in severe poverty have a say in finding the best solution for them and we work with them to make that solution a reality.

“This is not just about making honey.”

Meet Addise and Alem who live in rural Ethiopia. The honey they harvest might taste like any other good quality honey, but it’s entirely richer and sweeter when you know that the beekeepers behind it are getting an education, gaining life-changing skills, and earning an income which will continue to reward generations to come. Watch their story!

With our Honeybees (€20/£18) gift, you can help rural farmers learn the latest beekeeping methods and harvest more honey from their hives. More honey means more money to put food on the table and keep children in education.

More Than Honey | Oxfam Ireland

How to Buy

Once you’ve selected your Unwrapped gifts, there are several ways you can buy:

  1. Online at oxfamireland.org/unwrapped
  2. Via email at irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org
  3. Call our office at 1850 30 40 55. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
  4. Or visit your local Oxfam shop. There, you can select your gift cards of choice and even pick up some other items on your Christmas shopping list!

 

When you purchase two or more Unwrapped gifts by Friday the 15th of November 2019, you will also receive a FREE Grow Your Own Christmas Tree!

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It's the End of Second Hand September

We did it! In Ireland, over 1,200 of you proudly took on the challenge and said no to new clothes for 30 days. Together, we diverted 29 tonnes of clothing from landfill – the emissions equivalent of driving around the world four times! Thank you so much for your support!

You’ve also helped to kickstart conversations around fast fashion, changed perceptions of second-hand shopping by posting your amazing outfits, and are inspiring others by sharing why you reuse, rewear and recycle.

Together, we have the power to make a lasting, fashionable change in Ireland. Right now, the fashion industry emits more carbon dioxide emissions than the shipping and aviation industries combined! To combat climate change, we need to continue voicing the urgency for change. In Belfast and Dublin, we proudly marched at the climate strikes alongside thousands of students who are worried about the planet they will inherit. The climate crisis is not an easy fix and there will be bumps on the journey to sustainable living, but all it takes for each of us is that first step – no matter how small!

We hope you’ve loved being part of the first ever Second Hand September and that you continue to shop sustainably, buy second-hand and upcycle your clothes. It’s the only way that we can combat and reduce the harmful effects of fast fashion on our planet and its people. By buying and donating your clothes through Oxfam shops, you can give them a second chance to be loved and increase their lifespan, while protecting the planet and raising money to help the poorest people around the world. Just one purchase in our shops could provide desperately needed seeds to a farmer desperate to rebuild her livelihood after a natural disaster.

The power is in all our hands. Thank you again!

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3 Tips to Help Sew in Sustainable Fashion

1. Get Inspired

Inspiration is everywhere – even where you might not expect it! Your journey to sustainable fashion starts at your wardrobe. Have a closer look at the different colours and styles you know you like. Then, think outside the box about how you can dress items up or down for different, fresh looks. That dress you wore a month ago can be restyled by throwing a jumper over it, adding a belt or even wearing a t-shirt underneath. By getting inspired, you can reduce throwaway fashion while reducing your carbon footprint. Why not take the first step today?

2. Take the #30Wears Test

When trying to decide whether to buy a piece of clothing, think, “Will I wear it at least 30 times?”. If the answer is yes, then go for it! But, if you don’t believe you’ll wear it as much, then steer clear. Try to be aware that wearing clothes just a couple of times is a symptom of today’s throwaway and fast fashion crisis. Sales may be particularly enticing but be sure to always keep in mind the #30Wears test – yes, even if those 20% off trousers are calling your name!

3. Upcycle, Upcycle, Upcycle

Looking for a responsible way to reuse that unwanted t-shirt? If you’re searching for new looks but don’t want to support fast fashion, try upcycling unwanted pieces of clothing into new and exciting styles! There are many ways to upcycle clothing, including repurposing old shirts, turning trousers into shorts, and snipping dresses into skirts or blouses. If you have a feline friend, you can even upcycle an unwanted t-shirt into a cat tent in just 10 easy steps here. Fuel your creativity – there’s no limit to what you can do!

If you found these tips helpful, sign the Second-Hand September pledge below to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Join the movement today!

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How to Save Money and the Environment

Want to be More Eco-Friendly? Shop Smart

When it takes 10,000 litres of water to grow enough cotton to make just one outfit, you know something is wrong. Every year, 225,000 tonnes of clothing end up in landfill in Ireland – a complete waste of water and energy. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s simply unsustainable. 
 
The Global Footprint Network reports that as of 2016, it would take roughly 3.14 Earths to support the world’s population if everyone had the consumption habits of Ireland. Considering that we don’t have 3.14 Earths to exploit, our lifestyles are unsustainable and we need to change our habits – urgently.  
 
Ireland need to reconsider its priorities, but so too does the fashion industry which stubbornly refuses to pick up the pace in its move to a more circular economy. Inaction only adds to our increasing landfill waste and skyrocketing carbon dioxide emissions. The truth is that we don’t have to live by the fashion industry’s rules. In the words of actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson: “As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.” To shake up the fashion industry and help reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint, we must come together to purchase with purpose and shop responsibly.
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Hunting for Discounts? So Are We

Not only does second-hand shopping help reduce your carbon footprint, it also helps save your hard-earned cash. Second-hand shops are well-known for offering unbelievable deals on a wide variety of items. Most have bargains for everyone in the family – from children’s toys to men’s suits. If you’re a student on a budget, you can create your autumn style and wardrobe by grabbing the latest, heavily discounted second-hand skirts, tops, and coats. Be sure to take advantage of special deals in the shops as they won’t last long! And Oxfam shops offer an amazing collection of accessories, so any outfit can be completed in style. So, ask yourself, why shop new when you can shop pre-loved?

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5 Stunning Autumn Looks – Without Buying New

Can you really update your wardrobe for autumn using only second-hand clothes? Judging by these brilliant buys that were #FoundInOxfam, it seems the answer is YES.
 
With a new season on the way, it can be tempting to fill your wardrobe with a rail of brand-new clothes. But if you’d prefer to take the eco-friendlier approach this autumn, you can simply update your look with second-hand style. 
 
This month, #SecondHandSeptember supporter Valerie Ward (@enhancelifestyles) spiced it up with a photoshoot showing only #FoundInOxfam clothes from Oxfam, on Dublin’s George’s Street, to showcase fabulous second-hand variety and finds.
We’re loving this gorgeous top and skirt paired with the perfect small black bag, all #FoundInOxfam. Looks like model Charlotte Ward Pratt (@chxrlie.elizxbeth) is prepped and ready for a stylish autumn.
Jay O’Donoghue rocks a brown stand collar coat #FoundInOxfam – and it’s definitely put a smile on his face. Oxfam shops also stock loads of fashion-forward clothes for men, so everyone’s a winner!
Don’t be afraid to let your unique colours shine by picking up a bold colour piece, just like model Robyn Ward Pratt’s (@robyn_soneti).
Gisele agrees that you can’t beat a second-hand find like this adorable yellow trench coat that fits perfectly over any outfit. No doubt it was snapped up fast from Oxfam George's St (@oxfamgeorgesst)
An autumn outfit is never complete without on-trend ankle boots, a chunky necklace and a handy yet stylish bag, all #FoundInOxfam.

Bonus Look

Proof that graphic tees don’t need to be boring – this coat and skirt combo is a great way to add a dash of flavour to your wardrobe, while staying warm. Another fab Oxfam George's St (@oxfamgeorgesst) find.

If you’re after pre-loved style inspiration, second-hand shops always deliver – we love the wide variety of cuts, colours and patterns that were all #FoundInOxfam at @oxfamgeorgesst. Ready to explore? Start by popping into your nearest shop. 

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