Up-cycling: Clothing

Up-cycling: Clothing

Textile waste is an environmental problem. End fast fashion waste with these clothing recycling and up-cycling tips!

Fashion is the second most polluting industry. Most clothing gets worn approximately five times before it’s discarded? This is thanks to an industry that pushes quick trends and fast, cheap fashion.

Textile waste makes up 5% of our landfills!

Textile recycling and up-cycling programs do exist, however, they only account for 15% of total waste, leaving 85% in landfills! In fact, the average U.S. citizen tosses 70lbs of clothing and other textiles every year.

Just for the sake of visualization, that’s approximately the weight of a large dog.

Now multiply that large dog by the U.S. population of 326,766,748.




That’s a big pile of dogs! 

A gigantic dog pile might be adorable, fluffy fun, but the actual problem is not.

Rotting textiles in landfills create a plethora of toxic, polluting gasses.

Clothing given a second life can reduce yearly landfill gas emissions by up to 73%!

I’m a big fan of secondhand clothing, clothing repair/tailoring to extend life, or recycling and up-cycling textiles.

I try to shop local secondhand/thrift stores, but online stores like ThreadUp.com (use my referral link to get 10% off your order), Swap.com (referral link to get $10 off your order), the app Depop, or Poshmark.com, are great ways to extend the life of clothing, too.

Climate change is here, and our contribution to it is finally being recognized! More and more businesses are putting sustainability at the forefront. Businesses like The Renewal Workshop repair and resell damaged clothing, and the app Good On You assigns ethical and sustainable ratings to clothing brands.

To be a secondhand shopping pro, check out these great tips over at Going Zero Waste

Another great way to close the circle on fast fashion waste is by buying from clothing companies with recycling programs, like For Days, H&M or Eileen Fisher Renew.

What about clothes that are no longer good enough for resale?

Of course, if you’ve got the sewing skills (or even if you don’t!), you can always repair or repurpose them:

Consciousness is key

Consideration for the products we wear and use can go miles in creating a happier, healthier, cleaner planet and a sustainable future!

If you like my ideas for Up-cycling: Clothing, or have some of your own you’d like to share, please leave a comment below, or instagram with the hashtag #makeadlib. Don’t forget to tag @makeadlib!


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