Glastonbury stars donate festival outfits in stand against throwaway fashion

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Kylie Minogue and The Cure’s Robert Smith are among the artists who donated clothing to Oxfam following Glastonbury festival.

Kylie, who performed in front of thousands of people on the Pyramid stage, donated her sun visor, while Robert donated a Disintegration Era shirt, as worn in 1989 and again at Sydney Opera House earlier this year.

Bastille, Billie Eilish, Frank Turner, Gabrielle Aplin, Johnny Marr, Lewis Capaldi, Loyle Carner, The Lumineers, Pond, The Proclaimers, Sheryl Crow, Tame Impala and The Wombats also joined in by donating their festival outfits to Oxfam, with the aim of encouraging fans to shop second-hand. Vampire Weekend donated a pair of drumsticks.

And more Worthy Farm fashion is on the way from Annie Mac, Chemical Brothers, Emily Eavis, Fatboy Slim, George Ezra, KT Tunstall, Lewis Capaldi, Michael Eavis, Michael Kiwanuka and Robert Smith.

Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people. Keeping prices low means garment workers around the world tend not to be paid a living wage, making it impossible for them to work their way out of poverty.

Oxfam slows down fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance. The artists’ clothes will be available to win or buy on the Oxfam Online Shop all summer from July until September. The money raised pays for Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world.

Gabrielle Aplin said: ‘I’ve donated my fabulous gold sparkly jumpsuit because I want someone else to feel as good in it as I did. I love the idea of my outfit being sold by Oxfam to help people who don’t have the basics in life. And I believe passionately in sustainability. Chucking perfectly good clothes in landfill really has to stop.’

Oxfam launched its Second-hand September campaign at the festival by asking people to pledge to say no to new items of clothing for one month.

Around 47 million items of clothing are saved from going to landfill by Oxfam every year.

Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam’s sustainable fashion expert, said: ‘We are so grateful to the artists and to Glastonbury for supporting Oxfam’s campaign against throwaway fashion.

‘It’s in everyone’s power to change things. By signing up to Second-hand September and pledging to say no to new clothing for one month, you can help protect the environment, and if you buy second-hand in Oxfam you’ll be helping the poorest people around the world escape poverty.’

The money raised from the sales of second-hand clothes in Oxfam’s shops on the high street and online brings clean water, food and shelter to people living in refugee camps. It sends girls to school, fights for women to be paid a fair wage in decent working conditions, and helps men and women farmers acquire the skills and materials they need to feed their families and work their way out of poverty.

To sign up to Second-hand September click here.


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To view photos of some of the artists with their donations, click here.

List of artists and the items they donated to Oxfam in alphabetical order:

Billie Eilish – tour T-shirts; Bastille – T-shirt; Frank Turner – signed black tie; Gabrielle Aplin – a gold sequinned jumpsuit; Johnny Marr – a retro shirt; Kylie Minogue – a brand new ‘Kylie’ sun visor; KT Tunstall – a sequinned top; Lewis Capaldi – a T-shirt; Loyle Carner – T-shirt with the slogan ‘fcuk Boris’; The Lumineers – pair of wellies; Pond – grungy flower top, the Proclaimers – 2 x T-shirts worn on stage, Sheryl Crow – vest; Tame Impala – jeans and a waterproof; Vampire Weekend – a pair of drumsticks;

  • Oxfam fashion fights poverty: Every garment sold in Oxfam’s shops on the high street and online helps beat poverty. One dress could raise enough money to provide a woman in Bangladesh with a safe bathing cubicle, a shirt could provide safe, clean water for ten people in an emergency, and a coat could help train two farmers in Rwanda to better cope with extreme weather conditions. Last year Oxfam shops raised almost £19 million for our work fighting poverty around the world – that’s life-changing.
  • Oxfam fashion is sustainable: We’re part of the solution to fast fashion because we give clothes a second chance to be sold and prevent them ending up in landfill. Our pioneering recycling hub Wastesaver saves more than 12,000 tonnes of clothing from going into landfill every year.
  • Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. Join us!

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