Pollution is pants – buy second hand and help save the planet


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Argyll and Bute MP urges constituents to shop sustainably

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara is calling on constituents to consider shopping sustainably as Covid restrictions ease and we see a return to the high streets. 

The local MP, well-known for his fondness for snapping up stylish second-hand tweed jackets in local charity shops, said that with the opening up of the economy in the next few weeks, it’s more important than ever to shop sustainably and support local independent retailers.

Brendan O’Hara MP is supporting campaigns promoting sustainable, second-hand shopping.
Image: Rahil Ahmas @stolenoranges

Brendan O’Hara MP said: “Glasgow hosts the UN COP26 event this November and this is a great chance to showcase some of the world leading efforts Scotland is making to combat climate change.

“In the lead up to this many groups and organisations are already working hard to make sure their voices are heard. As a member of the SNP’s COP26 leadership team, I have already met with many of these groups to hear their views and listen to the asks they have of world leaders. One thing we all have in common is that we must take action and every country around the globe must work together to do this.

He added: “Grassroots support is so important and it’s very often the smaller changes we make to our lives that will make all the difference. I have always been a fan of second-hand clothes and thanks to charity shops across Argyll & Bute most of the clothes I wear are second hand. It was great to be involved in Oxfam’s Second Hand September launch event and to see pre-owned clothing losing the stigma it once had, to become a statement of sustainability instead.

“That’s why I’m pleased to be asked to back the #BuyBetter campaign which launched this week. This has evolved from Second Hand September and aims to raise awareness of the impact of throwaway or ‘fast’ fashion. People are also growing increasingly aware of the negative effects of unsustainable consumption more generally including food and plastic waste.

“The pandemic has made things more difficult but as restrictions ease it’s more important than ever that we support our local shops, especially independent retailers, and shop on our own high streets, buying from charity shops where we can. Just as Government’s need to commit to leading the way in tackling climate change, it’s important we all do what we can as well.”

“As part of that I’m pleased to see Scotland-based organisation Big Dreams, Little Footprints launch the #PollutionIsPants social media campaign celebrating second-hand/vintage/swapped/rented clothes and the need to keep clothes out of landfill, this week.

“This is a great fun initiative that raises awareness of the range and quality of second-hand clothes and other items available.”

More information on the campaign is available from https://www.bigdreamslittlefootprints.org/pollution-is-pants