Creative Ways to Reuse Old Clothing




Upcycling clothes means they can be creatively reused. From growing crops, to dyeing fabrics and making synthetic fibers, clothing manufacturers use pesticides, acids and toxic chemicals to produce the garments we wear. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter on Earth after oil, and textile waste may eventually rival plastic for pollution in our oceans. 

With some creativity, extend the life of clothing. Add a contrasting trim, adjust the sleeve length or sew on bright buttons to give the outfits you have a fresh look. 


Why upcycle clothing? 

  • Throwing clothes away is also throwing away the resources that went into making them. 
  • Upcycling reduces energy used in waste management. 
  • Processes used in producing clothing have an environmental cost as these processes pollute water, soil and air. 
  • Wearing a garment 50 times rather than 5 reduces carbon emissions for it by 400% annually. 

To help you hold onto those old T-shirts a little bit longer, here are some amazingly easy ways to refurbish, reuse or refashion them. 

  • no-sew t-shirt scarf 
  • headbands 
  • braided t-shirt belt 
  • head wrap 
  • diy t-shirt infinity scarf 
  • t-shirt tote 
  • mesh t-shirt produce bag 
  • little girl’s skirt / dress 
  • t-shirt pillow 
  • t-shirt yarn 
  • plant hanger 
  • refashioned flip-flops 

Americans alone throw away almost 13 million tons of clothes each year – more than 36kg for every person in the country. Through upcycling, others get the benefits of wearing clothes which would otherwise be thrown away. Keeping those clothes out of landfill – or from being burned – is good for the environment and has benefits for everybody. 


At The EcoFairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.   


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