Recycle and Reuse your old clothes to Reduce waste

If I asked you to think of eco-friendly fashion, what is the first thing that comes into your head?

 

Personally, I think of bamboo shoes and a whole lot of faded t-shirts.

 

However, this stereotype is entirely unnecessary these days because making your wardrobe “green” does not mean you compromise style. The Ecologist recently posted five easy ways to give your closet a “green-over”.  Here are a few of my favorite tips:

 

Make an old tie into a new accessory

 

This tip is completely on trend with fashion today so I don’t want to hear any excuses as to way this can’t be done. My favorite way to wear one of my husband’s old ties is wrapping it around my waist. A tie makes a great belt and adds a fun flare to your outfit.

 

Turn something old into something new

 

The Ecologist suggests adding lace and embellishment from wedding dresses to skirts or blouses for some extra fun. Using vintage details on new clothing items is not a new idea, but it’s something that never seems to be out of date! Walking through your favorite store, you are bound to see the same idea implemented for twice the cost of doing it yourself. Add some lace to that cardigan for a feminine flare, sew vintage buttons onto your favorite blouse for a unique look that is all your own.  You can even incorporate this idea into home furnishings with vintage fabrics from clothing items.

 

For ages, my mother has been holding onto her mother’s wedding dress. I love that it was preserved through the years, but what made it extra special was that on my wedding day, my mother cut lace off the dress and made it into the ring-bearer pillow. While my grandmother had passed away before I was born, it was immensely special to have her and what possibly was the most important dress she ever wore involved in my wedding day.

 

Check out The Ecologist for more ideas on how to green-ify your wardrobe. There are plenty of ways incorporate economically sustainable methods into you lifestyle, and your attire does not need to be excluded!

 

Amy