Ingenious Ways to Repurpose and Recycle Clothing
Have a bunch of clothes that you know you’ll never wear, and yet still can’t seem to get rid of? Instead of throwing them out or letting them build up dust , why not repurpose them?
Clothing waste is now being counted as one of the world’s biggest polluters, so making sure you dispose of old clothing properly is an important step toward mitigating its environmental effects!
Why not get creative & turn your old clothing into something new! We have popped a few of our favourite Denim up-cycling ideas via Clair from @pillarboxblue below for you:
- Host a garage sale – Garage sales are a fun and easy way to give away your old clothes and turn a profit! You can also get rid of any unwanted household items at the same time rather than just popping them in the bin.
- Invite some friends and family around & have each attendee bring 5-10 pieces of clothing that they no longer wear (that is still in good condition), set out some appetisers and drinks, and get the party started! Everyone will walk away with a new wardrobe and feel even more excited for the next time around.
Donating Unwanted Clothes
- Simply drop your old clothes around to your local St Vincent De Paul or Lifeline op-shop. Everything you donate inspires change with all proceeds going back into your local community.
- Search “give now” to find local women’s shelters or homeless shelters & donate your unwanted clothing directly to them. There are so many good causes & people in need, so this is a way to ensure your old goodies are going straight to those in need.
Fabric Recycling by Composting
Textiles are made from natural materials can be returned to the earth by composting! Please note however that only natural fibres, are considered biodegradable which include:
- Hemp -Linen
As a general rule of thumb, stick to 100% natural & ethically made fabrics. Be sure to also remove any non-biodegradable materials such as plastic tags, buttons, zips, elastic etc as these won’t break down – save these for craft or donate them to op shops or craft groups.
Simply shred up your clothing as small as possible (the smaller the faster they will decompose) & pop them in your compost system. Hot composting systems and healthy soils full of micro-organisms will decompose the material faster.
Also, replace all of those little-worn t-shirts and singlets in your closet with a durable, low-maintenance option perfect for everyday casual wear, working hard at the gym, or for relaxing and sleeping. CLICK HERE to find out a more info on these awesome tops!
Be sure to head over to Clair's website www.pillarboxblue.com for more awesome repurposing ideas!