In 2014 more than 16 million tons of textile waste was generated with approximately 10.46 million tons going into the landfill. Textile waste is material that the owner feels can be no longer be used for its original purpose, and includes, but is not limited to clothing.
When cleaning out your closets think about greener ways to satisfy your “urge to purge.” In addition to donating items to a local thrift shop, old clothing can transformed into gifts.
Why Donate When You Can Create!
Turning your old clothing into thoughtful, handcrafted gifts:
- keeps waste out of our landfills;
- reduces the amount of resources needed to manufacture new products;
- helps save you money;  and
- allows you to give a personal, meaningful gift.
Below you will find ideas on how you can upcycle jeans and t-shirts into gifts worth giving.
Give Denim a Do Over
Jeans are great material to craft with because it has been worn down, making it easy to manipulate, while still being durable.
You can easily create “fabric with a pattern” by dipping it in bleach and then drawing on it with permanent marker or drawing on it with a bleach pen.
Save a Shirt, Make a Gift
Our blog from this past spring has other ideas on how you can upcycle a variety of items into gifts.
For other tips on how you can have a greener holiday, please see our previous blogs using the links below: