Reduce, Reuse, Refashion

The start of summer is always exciting until you feel like you have nothing to do. Several summers ago, to stop my complaints of boredom, my mom encouraged me to learn how to sew and turn my outgrown jeans into a purse. I took on the challenge and made something that more closely resembled a sack, but a seed was planted and a hobby created. I spent the rest of the summer watching YouTube videos on how to cut up old shirts into necklaces and leaving a trail of fabric.

The emergence of an eco-friendly fashion industry that uses organic or recycled materials and doesn’t involve harmful chemicals is great and definitely something to cheer about. But for those who can’t afford to buy the occasionally overpriced products of that market or don’t want to, Do It Yourself fashion is the way to go. I realized only later on what a great thing “refashioning” was for the environment, but when you think about it, it makes so much sense. You’re keeping old clothes out of landfills while saving energy that could be used to make new ones.

Rather than heading to the mall for your next fashion find, repurpose rarely-worn clothes from your closet and turn it into something stylish you can be proud to wear. With a DIY spirit, not only can you find uses for otherwise untouched possessions, you can also join the battle against wasteful and materialistic behavior.

Websites like PS–I Made This, the YouTube channel ThreadBanger, and the book Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt are a great place to start. They offer many remarkable ways to bring out your crafty side even if you don’t sew or know where to begin. Next time you see something eye-catching way out of your price range, you might even be inspired to make it yourself.

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