TODAY’S GREEN MANTRA: Upcycling my own textiles or supporting businesses that do is one of many ways to step forward into a greener future.
the greenest ways to bring anything new into existence as it utilises items
already created to convert what’s old and on its way to the landfill and give
it a new lease of life in a completely unique and creative way.
10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills each year, just to give you a visual, blue whales, which are the largest animal ever to have been known to live on earth, weigh about 200 tons – so the USA alone they’re throwing away 52,500
blue whales of clothing per year.
Just to reiterate the nuttyness of this reality (and the near extinction of these magical beings) there
are only 2,000 of those 200 ton blue whales left in the world. So one country on this planet is
throwing out 26 x the combined weight of all the blue whales on this planet. And that’s only the USA – that number doesn’t include the rest of the fast fashion fanatics of the first world.
create with. Textiles which were likely made with manufactured
synthetic textiles (which also include polyester, spandex, and rayon) and takeup to 200 years to breakdown once we’ve tossed them (yippie,
your entire discarded wardrobe might outlive you!) which is why it is so important
that we find ways of upcycling these fabrics and bringing its future forward
and tackling the tip of our textile troubles.
I recently upcycled an old dress from a masquerade ball I went to years back which was all grass stained, and too white to wear to anyones wedding. I couldn’t bare to throw it out, so I dip dyed the bottom of it to make it as good as new again (and appropriate colour for weddings), then used the excess dye to tye dye my husfriend’s slightly stained old dress shirt and BOOM, we had two brand spanking new outfits which cost neither us nor the planet anything more than was already taken in the original production of those two garments.
create their collections, including my own creations:
bags and totes are YYK organic zippers on occasion (when I can’t find
discarded zippers to upcycle) and I buy the embroidery thread for the
tassles new sometimes as well (usually I get it second hand on ebay … your
parents selling off your old friendship bracelet business).
Everything else is
created using textiles already in existence which I find at
market stalls, charity shops, deadstock piles at fabric stores, and more often
than not, discarded piles of torn up fabric on the side of the street.
able to utilize torn or stained textiles that were no longer useful or ideal in
our world of perfection and able to trim off, dye or hide their less than
desirable features so their beauty shines on though.
Where To Get Your Hands On One? ONLINE or one of my stockists La Manufacture Onirique (Paris), The Tiny Finch (San Antonio), Mana Culture (Austin).
unique scarves are created by a fair trade felting group in the Kathmandu
Valley of Nepal who create their collections by fusing scrap wool fibres with
pieces of upcycled vintage silk saris. It’s a fusion of old with new in their
combination of contemporary design and ancient handicraft techniques creating
one-of-a-kind piece of socially responsible wearable art. To top it off, the
proceeds from sales of these scarves you’re supporting a fair trade and
socially responsible country which hires women in a country where work of this
variety is providing them with liberation from lives of isolation. The company also supports Our
Home Women’s Hostel in Kathmandu, providing housing, education, and
training young widows and other single girls in Nepal. It also supports READ
which provides women with education to learn to read, gain skills to earn and
living, and helps them access critical health information.
One? On Fair-Trade Design’s Website HERE
these shoes are truly unique, one-of-a-kind in fact as each pair of shoe is
created by hand from upcycled antique kilim rugs by artisans working in a
long-established fair trade atelier in Istanbul.
[Re] Made in France and [re] Worked by Hand, Wylde is a creative collection vintage pieces upcycled with contemporary additions creating beautiful and unique pieces which span just about every style and age of late.
many great vintage jeans out there already, but often the fit is a little off
or out of date, which is why RE/DONE is one of my favourite concepts in the
world of jeans. They take Levi’s vintage denim apart at the
seams and repurposes the fabric into new modern-fitting jeans
“restor[ing] individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep
heritage brands relevant, and a movement to create sustainable fashion.”
Hands On A Pair? Check
Out Their Website HERE. Quantities are limited and pairs are one-of-a-kind
so you’d best sign up for their newsletter to get early access to new styles.
using upcycled materials to create “colourful, comfortable, original and
above all, unique” knickers.
Where To Get Your Hands On A Pair? CLICK HERE