Do you know that American’s send 11 million tons of used textiles to landfills each year? Many of these items are in great condition and simply get tossed into the trash can. This averages out to about 65 pounds of textiles (clothing. linens, fabrics, etc) that head straight to the landfill.
Further, are you aware that synthetic (man-made fabrics) take many years to decompose (if they decompose at all-think about it, polyester is made from plastic water bottles and thus is essentially plastic). It can take 30-40 years for nylon to decompose whereas cotton takes about 1-6 months. (Clothing decomposes faster if it is cut into stripes).
Imagine, if you will, taking these unwanted textiles/clothing and turning them into something useful-a new creation!
Here are some pictures of jeans that have been rescued from the Goodlwill and upcycled. What do you upcycle? And which of these is your favorite…
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