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Large clothing producers embracing upcycling

Large clothing producers embracing upcycling

Environmentally aware brands are finding ways to buy back, repair, recycle and rework the clothing. These companies are hoping to inspire other brands to refresh and replenish old garments.

Together with customers, clothing companies want to take up responsibility for the life of their garments.

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Upcycling as a solution to fast fashion

Recent decades are known for its fast fashion that adds to our overcrowded closets and landfills.

  • Americans discard 85 percent of the clothing they buy - about 15 million tons of textile waste a year.
  • The average lifetime of clothes is three years.
  • The clothing industry cause about 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

One eco-conscious solution is to buy thrifted items and upcycle them.

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  • Doilies can be used as appliqués or turned into lace cuffs.
  • Outdated men's coats and tweed blazers can be turned into vests and newsboy's caps or cut into flower shapes, which can be used to decorate a plain coat or sweater.
  • Men's cotton shirts can be cut up for various purposes. 100 percent cotton shirts can become quilt projects, or shirt collars or sleeves can be replaced with a different style.
  • Even limited sewing skills can go a long way. Replacing standard buttons can make a dull jacket special.

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Type "upcycled clothing" in a search bar, and you'll have thousands of examples, such as skirts made from recycled jeans or lace tablecloths and flannel shirts that become boho dresses.

YouTube videos give step-by-step hacks for any type of clothing. Costume designers are experts at turning unwanted items into desiring ones.

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Clean Out Your Closet
  • Sort and organize your apparel, separating items into three distinct piles: Donations, Disposal, and Clothes to Keep.
  • Keep only the garments you love dearly and plan to wear often.
  • From the usable items, sell the items you can and give or donate the rest.
  • For clothing that is damaged beyond wear, get creative and turn them into rags for cleaning.
  • Don’t clear out all your clothes at once. Slowly swapping out some garments in exchange for quality pieces will be less overwhelming and more affordable.

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Fast Fashion
  • Fashion shifted to high gear in the last twenty years when trends started cropping up faster and clothes became inexpensive.
  • Shopping used to be an occasional indulgence earlier, but due to online shopping and rising income, it has become a hobby.
  • Fast fashion is clothing that is cheap but is copied from the trendy designs taken from big fashion brands, celebrities and the catwalk runway.
  • The newest styles are brought to the market so that customers can buy them while the trend is still hot, at a fraction of the cost of the original.

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#1 Wear Items that are Made of Classic Fabrics

Classic, timeless clothing made of materials that will last well into the next decade is what you should be looking to add to your essential wardrobe.

Think cotton, wool, linen, and silk.

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