There are a number of ways in which you can positively impact the environment and support in reducing climate change. One impactful move which you could make is to slow down what is known as fast fashion. This is the phrase which is used to describe the area of the fashion industry which mass produces cheap clothes for the consumer. These clothes are highly disposable and given the cost, people regularly buy things they do not need.
Recycling clothes is a great idea and so too is buying second hand. Another great idea here is to upcycle your clothing, and here is how to go about it.
Personalize a Blank Canvas
A great way to give your clothing a new lease of life is to have it made a little more personal to you. There are a number of services online which enable you to order your own personalised apparel, and you can often use your own clothing items to do so. Make your design online and then have it added to a t-shirt or a sweater, to give your clothes a new lease of life.
Cutting Down to Size
When you have trousers, jeans and long sleeved items which are no longer good enough, you could always look at simply cutting them down and making new items. Jeans for example can be cut at the leg to make jean shorts and long sleeved tees can get the same treatment, cutting some or all of the arm off. This is a very simple way of breathing new life into your old clothes, and it means you won’t have to go out and buy something new.
Another brilliant way to upcycle your clothing, especially denim outfits, is to add something new to them. Patches for example can cover up holes and give you a sense of color and style, instead of throwing clothing out. Additionally you could look to get clothing paint and create your very own designs on your old items. This unique approach will ensure that there is nobody out there wearing what you are, because yours will certainly be a one-off.
Two Become One
You don’t have to be a seamstress to add to items of clothing together, as there are still many services which will do this for you. Get creative and instead of throwing your clothes away, focus on fusing two items together to make an entirely new outfit. Taking the arms from a black long sleeve and adding them underneath the arms of a white t-shirt for example, can give you a cool look and it is relatively easy to do, for those who know their way around a sewing machine.
The key is to get creative and to focus on doing all that you can not to throw clothing out. Simply because there is a small bit of damage or a stain on a certain outfit, doesn’t mean that you have to toss it out and buy something new, upcycling could be the best way for you to look good, without hurting the environment.