Ben loves renowned graphic artist, Anthony Burrill’s collaboration with Oxfam as part of their campaign named Second Hand September. The campaign aimed to bring awareness to the increasing harm of fast fashion, with 11 million items of clothing and ending up in landfill every week. Second Hand September encouraged people to pledge to say no to new items of clothing for one month, with Burrill’s collaboration demonstrating how upcycling can bring new life to old and unloved clothing.
People were invited to bring their own garments to print on, or chose from a supply of planet-friendly t-shirts, with the print design created by Anthony himself. Fee Gilfeather, Oxfam sustainability expert explained that by ‘being creative and jazzing up a t-shirt we’ve fallen out of love with by applying a screen print is the perfect way to revive our wardrobes, without purchasing new clothing.’ This is vital, as the total number of clothes sent to UK landfill every year weighs almost as much as the Empire State Building, having a dire effect on the planet and its people.