Re-use, recycle and mend

Sarees
sari kimono

 

I like to reuse sari fabrics to make new items.  I particulary enjoy making sari fabric covers for notebooks.  I can use my imagination and with all the beautiful colours and patterns I have created some items that I am very proud of.

I want to see what more I can do to help reduce the amount of fabricand clothing waste.  I know this is a HUGE task for myself, but if through crafts I can teach and help others to reuse their clothing in different ways that would be a great start.

 

FACTS:

• The value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion. It is also estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year. (http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/clothing-waste-prevention)

• During the past 10 years, the number of items of clothing purchased per consumer has more than doubled. (Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group, Pulse of the fashion industry (2017), p.57)

• A third of Londoners buy new clothes every six months. (TRAID, Recycling Clothes, London (2018), p.13)

• It is estimated that more than half of the fast fashion produced is disposed of in under a year.(Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future, (2017))

 

Due to fast fashion the amount of waste has increased.  So here are some ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint of clothing waste:

Give your unwanted clothing to charity shops
Passing on your clothes to some one who can use them
Learn to sew - remake to refit you or use as fabric to make something new
Use as rags for cleaning around the home, in place of buying more cloths.