Sick of buying new clothes and only wearing them once? Want to start being more eco-friendly in your clothing choices? Recycling and upcycling your clothes is actually a lot easier than it sounds – and it can be fun. Read ahead for a few simple ways you can help the environment and yourself, by jumping on board the sustainable fashion bandwagon…
- Don’t over-purchase: Match your pre-existing pieces with a variety of different garments and accessories for new looks instead of splurging on a whole new outfit each time you have an event to go to.
- Do your research: Find out if the brands you buy are eco-friendly and support ethical production of clothes. If not, it’s time to change brands!
- Give away don’t throw away: Donate your oldies to charity when you are done with them instead of throwing them out.
- DIY sustainably: If you enjoy making your own clothes, use sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester.
- Dry your clothes in a salad spinner: Any hand washed items can be quickly and easily spun dry in a salad spinner rather than wasting electricity by putting them in the dryer.
- Make use of your steamy showers: Hang your clothes on the shower rod when taking a hot shower and let the steam iron out any wrinkles.
- Re-whiten your old sneakers: Dip a toothbrush in a small bowl of baking soda and detergent and scrub your old sneakers white again instead of buying another new pair.
- Freeze your denims: It might sound a bit gross, but freezing your denims once a month instead of washing them will not only save water but your own time and effort as well.
- Cut off your long pants for summer: why buy a pair of super cool jeans in winter only to stop wearing them two or three months later? Turn them into a cute pair of shorts by cutting the bottoms off and hemming to avoid fray.
- Keep your old t-shirts: If you have a pair of scissors and a needle and thread, you can turn a t-shirt into just about anything. Singlets, Scarves, Headbands, Undies – the list is endless!
- Save the scraps: If you’re making new clothes or cutting bits of old clothes, keep the scrap pieces of material and use them as belts, headbands or if you’re feeling fancy, create a bow or flower to be sewn onto your plain items.
- Think outside the box: Not only can clothes be upcycled into new clothing items, they can also be cut up or sewn together to make things like blankets, bags, or my favourite, cushion covers! Let your imagination run wild.