Clothes and their longevity

Recreate trends with items you have at home

Trends and changes in clothes have become so common nowadays that we do not even spend time thinking about it.

It’s become part of our daily routines to go through our favorite store and explore their website even if we are not planning on buying anything. We’ve become so obsessed with following trends and adding new pieces to our closet not even sure if we are going to use them a second time.

And maybe in a couple of months we’re going to throw it away. That has become a huge problem because we treat materials and clothes as they are virtually disposable items, when in fact it is not that easy to get rid of them at all.

After you get rid of them, some of the clothes are burned or landfilled. All of this has a reason why it’s happening and it’s called fast fashion.

We talked about it in our previous blog post and you can go check it out if you want to get informed more on the topic here.

Now let’s talk about how you can try to raise awareness and take a step back from mindless shopping and instead give another chance to your unwanted clothes and refresh the current wardrobe you have at home.

What to do with the clothes that are in good condition, but you don’t plan to wear again?

Sell

If your clothes still have decent value to them and are not as damaged, it’s a good thing to consider selling them. There are a lot of second-hand shops that are a quick and easy way to cash in your old clothes.

Another option is also the internet, where a lot of websites and applications can help you in the process of making money for your clothes. And they also give you the option of swapping one piece of clothing for another.

Donate

Maybe your items are not in a “selling condition”, then the best way to “recycle” clothes that are in good, clean condition is to donate them. It’s a wonderful option to help others while keeping your clothing out of landfills.

It gives your clothes another purpose and makes you feel fulfilled knowing that you did a good thing. There are two options when choosing to donate clothes. You can either donate to non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations.

While some for-profit organizations may or may not donate a portion of their profits, non-profit organizations raise money for charitable causes.

Gift to a friend

Another option to let your clothes live on is to give them to a friend you know will appreciate and make a use for them. Wash the items, make sure they are not missing any buttons or have any tiny holes in them and wrap them up.

You may also add a piece of accessory to make the gift whole. It is a nice way to make sure you put a smile on someone’s face and also prolong the life of the clothing.

What to do with items that just aren’t wearable anymore?

Recycle

Recycling drop boxes have become more frequent in the last few years. For sure you have spotted one or two in your environment. It’s a convenient way to get rid of old, unwanted clothes.

There are a lot of amazing sustainable resources and organizations that will take your too-far-gone clothing, accessories and textile items, and repurpose them for other uses. Most of your clothes will continue to live on, but maybe just in another shape and purpose.

Upcycle

Upcycling creatively transforms the products you already own in order to cut down on waste. Sure if you aren’t feeling creative you can always make amazing cleaning cloths.

What you’ll need is to cut the pieces into squares or any other shape you want and a will to clean. We even have prepared DIY cleaning products that are non-toxic and can be found in your home. Check them out here. So, what are you waiting for? Go clean!

However if you’re crafty and creative, or good with a thread and needle, there are a lot of solutions and ideas for transforming your old items into “new”.

We will provide some examples here, but you can choose to be even more creative.

T-shirts

Got a tiny hole in your favorite t-shirt? No need to get rid of it. Make a couple of more holes varying in sizes and you will get a brand new looking trendy t-shirt. We’ve all seen it.

If you don’t think that old one-colored t-shirt can look any cooler, well then try this: Cut a little V-neck triangle with leaving the neckband edges.

You can go as wide or deep as you like. Make sure that it’s symmetrical. The result will be a built-in choker tee.

If you have a shirt that’s a little oversized this is for you. Start by cutting straight across the top of the shirt below the collar. Turn it inside out and fold a little over the edges with little pins.

Sew all the way around the top and before closing, add elastic and tighten it to fit well on your shoulder and not fall.

You can cut straps from the leftover pieces and sew them in the front and back of the shirt. You now have a brand new dress.

Jeans

The simplest trick to deal with old jeans is to cut them into shorts. Measure how short you want them, mark it and make sure you do that to the other leg. And then just cut. Woala!

Want holes in jeans? First decide where you want them and mark them with pins. Then cut a horizontal line at the top and bottom of the lines. Scratch and rough up the cut edges of your jeans so they fray a bit.

Get your tweezers and grab a vertical blue strand of thread from the distressed area and pull it down and out of the fabric.

Keep pulling one by one until the whole area has the vertical strands removed while the white horizontal strings remain.

If you want one of those trendy jeans with one leg lighter than the other, you may not need to get a new pair, but instead do it on the ones you already have at home but don’t wear anymore.

However, you need to be careful with this because you will be using bleach and it’s best to do it outside and with gloves. First decide which leg you want lighter and wrap the other one with bags. Be sure to tape it, so the bleach doesn’t go to that side.

After doing that, take ¼ bleach and ¾ water and mix them in a large container. Put carefully and slowly the one leg you want bleached in the container and let it sit for a couple of hours (depending how light you want it).

After letting your jeans set, wash them by themselves on a cold water setting. And you’re set!

 

 

And if you are into recycled items, be sure to check our sustainable phone cases made of recycled materials.

 

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