Oxfam at Glastonbury

Oxfam returned in 2019 after the fallow year, bringing more volunteer stewards than ever before to support the Festival’s ever-evolving Gate operations. For Glastonbury 2020,  we are growing yet again, to help make sure the 50th Anniversary runs as smoothly as possible!

Oxfam steward, Mark, scanning wristbands at Glastonbury Festival 2019.

A whopping 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill every week in the UK. At Glastonbury we took action that supported turning this terrible trend around by asking Festival-goers to stand with us and help people and the planet by joining Second Hand September and make a firm pledge to not buy any new clothes for a whole month.

We saw lots of enthusiasm in support of the campaign and it was fantastic seeing thousands of people wearing our upcycled wristbands in support of the pledge. Over 20,000 people across the summer signed up to Second Hand September.

Campaigners putting wristband on supporters arm at Glastonbury Festival 2019

We also worked with graphic artist, and print maker Anthony Burrill and the Giant Triplets to produce unique garments that Festival-goers could print and wear. This helped spread the re-use, re-wear, recycle message as far and wide as possible.

Oxfam were hugely grateful to receive celebrity clothing donations that were sold through the online shop from Kylie, Johnny Marr, Vampire Weekend, Billie Eilish, Loyle Carner and The Cure.

As always our on-site Oxfam shops were brimming with wonderful second-hand fashion finds that help fund our work to beat poverty all over the world. Over summer Oxfam’s Festival shops raised over £250,000!

Oxfam volunteer Lesley organising merchandise in the on site Oxfam shop at Glastonbury Festival 2019.

Oxfam shop at Glastonbury Festival 2019

Oxfam and Glastonbury have been working together for over 25 years, making world-changing things happen; from preventing the sales of arms to funding better healthcare for mums. Glastonbury 2019 was a fantastic year and we can’t wait to celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020.

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