Green is the new black

How to recycle your old clothes!

Sustainable fashion needs to be talked about more than the season’s trends. I have been doing my part by creating new items out of old fabrics. Upcycling is something I have been researching for a few years and I want to share some very important information. 

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I hope that you are inspired by the movement and together we can make a difference for the planet. 

It takes 75 lbs of CO2e to produce the average pair of jeans. 700 gallons of water to make one new T-shirt. 1-2 people are throwing their unwanted clothes straight in the trash. The result is 64% of the 32B garments produced each year end up in landfills. The average American throws away 80 lbs of textiles in a year. We are all guilty of this. 

Companies that are fighting the impact of pollution are The North Face, they upcycle their returned garments and gear. They also give you a $10 credit and their renewed itmes come with a one year warranty. Check out https://www.thenorthface.com/about-us/responsibility/product/renewed.html

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Patagonia takes back gently used apparel and give you credit in return and you can return items at the store or via mail. For more information check out: https://wornwear.patagonia.com/

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REI is offering used outdoor clothing and gear with their trade-in program. Please check out the link and if you are accepted, you get 20% off your items at retail price. https://www.rei.com/used/trade-it-in

Levi’s works with a denim recycling from cotton and will take back denim in any brand and give you 20% off one item in return. https://bluejeansgogreen.org/

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H&M has recycle boxes in their stores for easy textile recycling of any brand of clothing and condition. Be mindful to not donate anything moldy, dirty or wet. Although this company is #1 in fast fashion, they are making up for it by implementing these sustainable practices and issue a sustainability performance report.

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When it comes to used underwear, Knickey will send you a label to send your old socks, tights, bras, & underwear. They in turn take the items and make insulation, rug pads, rags and you can get a pair of underwear in your next order with the company. https://knickey.com/pages/recycle

How about swimsuits? you can send them to Fair Harbor and you can check out their site for more information and request a label https://www.fairharborclothing.com/pages/round-trip-initiative

How about your old athletic shoes? Nike has a program as well where they turn your old shoes into new products. https://www.nike.com/help/a/recycle-shoes

How about sweaters? this company turns your old sweaters into hats, mittens and scarves. https://lovewoolies.com/pages/donate-sweaters

Lastly, you can turn the items you no longer want to keep into cash, sending them to places like ThredUp, or listing them on Poshmark, LetGo, Etc. The favorite and less hassle option for me is ThredUp check them out: https://www.thredup.com/ – “Feel good about releasing your unwanted clothes to thrifters who will love them.”

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