Earth Day is this week so I decided I wanted to share why I do what I do. In college I took a sustainability class that I loved. We were assigned an eight week project where we had to lower our carbon footprint. While most of the class changed light bulbs in their homes and switched to low flow taps, I went a totally different direction with the project. I decided to do 1 refashion a week and calculate how much water I saved by buying and refashion 8 thrifted outfits.
Guys, it’s a lot! The fashion industry is terrible on the environment. Fast fashion is polluting the Earth. According to Use It Again, one t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce. Whoa! Also the EPA states that in the U.S. alone, we throw away approximately 11.1 million tons of textiles, EACH year. To me, that’s crazy. It inspired the projects that started it all! Keep reading for more of my favorite refashions.
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The Crafty Disaster Refashion Roundup
Alright I am not exclusively wearing thrifted or refashioned clothes, but I am making a conscious effort to wear more recycled clothing. It’s all about balance right? Small steps in the right direction. I love the creative aspect of refashioning clothes. So I put together this roundup of my favorite and my most popular refashions.
So what can you do? You don’t sew, that’s okay.
You can start by donating your unwanted clothes to thrift stores. Small scale local ones are my favorite to donate too, because they directly benefit the community I live in. Donating clothes gives them the chance to be reused instead of heading straight to the dump.
You can shop thrift stores, yard sales, and buy used. Recycling furniture, clothing, and home decor stuff repurposes it and keeps it out of landfills. It also decreases the need for manufacturers to make new stuff. Cause lets get real, we all have enough stuff.
You can shop resales sites online like ThredUp, Poshmark, and Vinted all from the comfort of your couch. There is also resales stores for those that like to shop in person like Plato’s Closet, Hut No. 8, and Once Upon a Child.
This Earth Day, donate all of your Spring cleaning purge to a thrift store!
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