By giving your old clothing a second life, torn and stained clothing can be recycled and reprocessed as a new material and new product

Every year more than 25 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are used but only 15% is recycled which means that 85% of garments go straight into landfill or incinerators.

However most people have the misconception that the torn, ripped clothes cannot be recycled or donated. The truth is the Salvation Army, Savers, Goodwill, and all clothing collection bins accept goods in poor condition such as old, torn, worn, but ensuring you keep them clean, dry, and made of odorless textiles and free from moisture is significant. You cannot donate underthings. If the clothes are wet or mildewed, it can’t be resold or reused.

The vice president of donated retail goods at Goodwill Industries International, Inc., Michael Meyer states that We take all textiles in any condition. All those textiles end up in our system and they’re sorted to determine where they will land“. Those ‘unsellable’ textiles or clothes will be sold to salvage textile recyclers or the textile recycling organizations. The proceeds of these sales support their programs and help families and job seekers. The recycled textile industry can put torn, stained, damaged, and ripped old clothes to use by being recycled into rags, stuffing, padding, insulation and other products.

For instance, the manufacturer of environmentally friendly insulation and padding products, Ultra Touch collects used denim or jean material to re-process as insulation, especially the material is safe for children to enjoy and is free of carcinogens and toxicity.

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Pure Waste claims that their product is processed with 100% recycled textiles. The denim particularly also doesn’t require any washing, dyeing or addition of any virgin ingredients. Making the ecologically sustainable fabrics available It saves large amounts of natural resources.

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Textiles are more valuable and recyclable that we thought. They can be reused or recycled into insulation material, flooring, packaging, or cushioning in stuffed toys, and bags. We cannot just throw our unwanted clothes away. We should keep them out of landfill and recycle to the appropriate place. This allows the recycled textile industry to re-process goods into something new or re-produce a valuable raw materials.

If your clothes are in good and wearable condition, it is not difficult to send them to charities, or second hand clothing stores to resell items. Therefore, there is no reason not to recycle, giving your old clothing a second life. Why not consider eco-friendly textile recycling.

If you are looking for some upcycling information, tips and skills, follow below.

Rude Record https://ruderecord.wordpress.com/category/upcycling-2/
The Makeup Dummy (DIY fashion and beauty) http://www.themakeupdummy.com/category/homemade-fashion/
Refashionnation http://refashionnation.com/category/tutorials/delightful-dresses/
Upcycling&recycling https://www.pinterest.com/old1snew/upcycle-recycle/
Eco Fashion Sewing https://www.pinterest.com/marianakirova/

Rewards for Boosting Textile Recycling?

Recently, Delray Beach officers are considering a new proposal by Weston-based Florida Textile Recycling Programs which aims to encourage residents to recycle their clothes. The Weston-based company would pay the city a franchise fee in exchange for allowing it to set up the kiosks throughout the city. The contract would include the number of recycling bins required by the city, where they are situated, and when they are unloaded.

For the consumers, the more collection bins there are the more convenient it is for residents to recycle their unwanted textiles in kiosks. However, there is concern about the nonprofit organisations like Goodwill, and Salvation Army. It may hurt and affect their business operation. The Weston-based company uses sensors in the bins to alert the company when the bin is full, and then trucks would collect the recycled materials. They business model may threaten a non-profit company’s revenue, their employees and may change how they work on a daily basis. In earlier times Goodwill has provided thousands of job opportunities, careers and commercial services for the local community.

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia also has concerns about how this program will affect nonprofits since they have existed here and helped people for a long time. This proposal would hurt the non-profit companies, which rely on the donation of clothes and reselling these items as their main revenue, a representative from Goodwill said.

The company partnered with the town of Davie in previous times, and they expect to bring $100,000 in participation into this recycling program. However, “If there are more boxes around it would encourage people to recycle. It doesn’t have to be the for-profit route” Commissioner Mitch Katz said.

Although there is a lot of uncertainty and lack of information, the best way would be partnering with local charities to collect clothing and household textiles. I am also questioning whether it is beneficial in the long term for the economy and how the city department will utilise those franchise fees for the society.

The reason why a stylist, Dualleh Abdulrahman found his own fashion style in a thrift store

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A professional stylist, Dualleh Abdulrahman in Netherlands has various hobbies such sewing, drawing and photography, but he also loves thrifting. He describes himself as having a ‘poor man’s style’, ‘something old, something new’.

The reason he started to shop at thrift stores is because he is interested in finding rare items and fabrics, particularly 1920’s or 50’s clothing are his favourites.

He loves clothing, but “there is no reason for me to buy a jacket in the shop for €300 when I can find the same in a thrift store for €9.00 so I decided to teach myself how to alter clothes” he said.

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He tries to add new elements in his old clothes. Once he found a 20th century tweed blazer which looked old fashioned so he added denim sleeves to make it contemporary. This is how he describes “something old, something new”. I would say the old is the new!

He goes to thrift stores twice a week spending hours looking for nice clothes. “Sometimes I find nothing, but other days I can find a whole outfit” he added.  

“I found an orange Harris tweed blazer and waistcoat from the 1920’s. The funny thing is I found the blazer first in one thrift store and the waistcoat I found after 6 months in another thrift store” he described. This is the glamour of a thrift store and how he has fun in thrifting. It is like finding a treasure in there.

As a stylist and considering how he loves clothing, I bet he must retain a lot of garments. He recounted that “I have in total 160 pants, 200 shirts, 100 shoes, 250 ties, 80 suspenders 30 belts, 200 waistcoats, 60 jackets & 40 blazers etc”. I was impressed by how many he has, definitely more than me.

“Most of the time my wife helps me to organize and manage it” he said with a puckish facial expression. “Yet things we don’t use, we donate and give back to the thrift stores”.

However, it is not that common for people to shop at thrift stores in the Netherlands. “Most Dutch fashion is inspired by the 80’s & 90’s. People just don’t feel like wasting time looking for rare clothes or customizing the clothes. They would rather go to vintage stores than thrift stores”.

He described the 1940’s as a special period of time which transformed and changed men’s fashion history from nightwear to blazers, giving the clothing a new story. In Netherlands you can find a complete three piece suit in a thrift store. It is a pity more people don’t see the special and the fun parts of thrift stores.

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In the end, he said using a good washing powder can get you a long way. His friends make fun of him for wearing thrift clothes rather than buying new, but he emphasises “it is not I can’t buy new clothes I just like unique pieces”.

He proves that wearing used clothes can be stylish. It can be fun and meaningful, whatever the reasons as long as you accept the secondhand clothes, and take some time to walk into thrift stores to find your own style. Buying secondhand clothing certainly helps the environment. To extend the life of clothes is the best way to reduce textile waste and energy waste of the recycled garments process.

There is nothing wrong with going to a thrift store, why don’t you give it shot, and go thrifting?

I am glad I was able to chat with Dua and share his story. More photos here.
Thank Caroline who inspired me about this idea.

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Be an ethical consumer, eco-friendly shopping ethically

Today’s market is consumer-driven, the consumer is taking control of their choices and preferences. We are able to more actively interact and express our feelings. The company is no longer able to discipline our actions by their norms, they are shifting the way they manage the consumer to listen more and to measure consumer behaviour. As companies observe the public atmosphere, what if we take the first step by, increasing the level of recycling unwanted clothes, being eco-friendly, purchasing recyclable materials and being an ethical consumer.

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The Note Passer’ s blogger, ELIZABETH STILWELL,

“Here’s what I want: I want to shop less, but when I do, I want it to be ethical. I don’t want to harm people, animals, or the environment with my consumerism. I want my purchases to be not only harmless, but helpful. I want to support companies that pay a living wage, artisans furthering a tradition, animal welfare, entrepreneurial cheer-leading, partnerships with developing countries, education, fair trade, organic farming, sustainable processes, and so many other good practices. These are the choices we all make when we shop.”

It is definitely what I want to say! No one wants to harm the environment by our consumerism, by purchasing only for the self need, but we can also think before buy. There are many substitutions or choices that we can make, it just depends how we react. It is not hard to be eco-friendly, to shop ethically, to inform others how to be conscious shoppers.

Eco-friendly waterless dyeing technology – the Future of sustainable fashion

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New waterless dyeing technologies are an unprecedented manufacturing revolution. This highlight the sustainable innovation and technology achievements that contribute to environmental development. Today the textile manufacturing sector is one of the main polluters which releases trillions of litres of chemically tainted wastewater into rivers. It produces and discharges roughly 40 percent of all dyeing chemicals worldwide.

 

Three major companies DyeCoo, ColorZen and AirDye have developed a waterless dye technology. In particular major brands Adidas and Nike have also adopted this new process in their product lines. A Dutch company, DyeCoo currently is being used by Adidas as a partner. DyeCoo strongly believes that the waterless dying process is of benefits to the environment. It reduces water consumption, discharges and wastewater. They utilize SCF, CO2 technology and pressurize powder dye into polyester fabrics. The result reduces the use of energy and chemicals by 50% compared to traditional dyeing methods. It also improves the dyeing process, and allows 95% of the CO2 used to be recovered and recycled.

Moreover, the president and co-founder at ColorZen, Michael Harari claims they offer a special treatment and technique for cotton which makes that cotton more absorbable and easier to dye. In fact cotton is a difficult textile to dye and is also related to much pollution. As a result the use of ColorZen, 90% less water and chemicals are used, and 75% less energy and there is zero toxicity.

It is good news that using waterless dyeing technology can generate so many benefits to the environment. It would be great if textile manufactures used these machines. However, there also exist some considerations and limitations of the technology. Firstly the machinery can only be applied to particular materials, for instance DyeCoo and AirDye’s technological technique can only be applied to polyester and ColorZen focuses on cotton which means the function is certainly limited in material types. This technology is a long-term investment which is expensive and costs a lot and manufactures are not sure to be able to balance their business expenditure and interest. Therefore it is not widely used yet. At the same time, marketers criticize that with today’s market demand for cheap clothing, consumers are not willing to pay higher prices for these textile products. Hence this new technique cannot motivate apparel manufacturers to invest and change the way they use technology.

Although the new process has certain limitations on materials and they need to try harder to expand the material types, it is absolutely a potential of the new trend of sustainable fashion since big brands have invested and shown their interest in waterless dye. Whether or not it is being used, it seems the textile industry had also started to be aware of environmental damage and pollution and this is an opportunity to co-operate with technology and improve the level of quality of society.

Everything is possible! Change the public’s values, attitudes and behaviours towards the sustainable environment.

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“We can’t live wastefully much longer, think sustainable to make our future stronger” – UARK

In terms of textile waste, The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO) means all waste including discarded clothing, products from the textile manufacturing industry such as footwear, rejected materials including off-cuts, selvages, household textiles such as sheets and towels. The consumer and the household are two of the areas to influence. The Government of South Australia estimates on average each Australian household throws out 17.7 kilos of waste every week. In North America there are approximately 12 million tons of textile waste generated each year which means over 68 lbs of waste per household per year. British households were also hanging on to £30bn worth of clothes of which 350,000 tonnes of clothing worth £140m is binned annually.

The reasons why the problem still persists is because no one enforces to use recycling methods and people do not care because there is no incentive to recycle. It is tough to change the public’s values, norms and policies towards the sustainable environment. It is also hard to gain cooperation if there is no incentive or clear advantage as to the benefit of recycling, no strong pressures from their peers or competitors and no emotional motivation. These three elements exactly reflect the public’s attitudes and comments that I found on the internet at the present time.

The main reason for change is the social value, for instance industrialization brought consumerism which encourages disposal of old products and follows the market of new products. The stylistic norms stimulate consumers’ waste consumption. Research from the Australia Institute shows those age between 18-24 and households with higher incomes have the highest rate of waste consumption, on average these households wasted $1,226 per year in unused items. Sometimes customers purchase products purely to meet their psychological needs or as a way of relaxing from the stress and negative emotions from work. The research also shows young teens feel guilty after buying unused items. It shows the contradiction between how the consumer feels and how they actually act. Whilst people do not recognise how serious the problem is, they also do not realize the negative effects on the environment that we generated by our actual amount of waste. The public does not have any incentive to recycle, if no one cares about it. Hence textile waste is contributed to by social values within a materialistic lifestyle, and by our psychological actions and attitudes. That is an important fact for someone to push the environment, or the atmosphere to encourage peer influences to avoid harming the planet.

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Thus, from now on to improve the situation, diffusion is the key step to raising awareness and spreading ideas through the social campaign to change. If you are blogger and your page is about textile waste, thrift stores, clothes upcycling & recycling, or please send us your link (it can be your website page, post links, Pinterest, Facebook etc) to our Facebook or comment here, we are happy to open this platform and share your great article with our readers and audiences!! Without your support we would be nothing. Your simple small act, share and support means so much to us.

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[Thrifting][Eco-fashion] You can be fashionable and stylish wearing used clothes. Thrifted shopping!

Sustainable Daisy | Recycled, Upcycled, Eco Fashion

thrift shopping upcycling sustainable fashion recycled clothes ecofashionthrift shopping upcycling sustainable fashion recycled clothes ecofashionthrift shopping upcycling sustainable fashion recycled clothes ecofashionI bought this paisley blue dress at the Goodwill for $7.99. The bottom hem has beaded tassels which gives my outfit a playful, girly touch.

This dress makes me feel like myself which is one of my greatest achievements when I style an outfit. Picking pieces that you truly love and have a calling towards is a wonderful thing. I sometimes wear really bright statement pieces when I meet with friends, or wear dresses to casual establishments. I do this because I love to! It presents myself as, ‘What’s up, I’m Karen, and this is who I am.’ If I want to wear a powerful graphic dress to the coffee shop, I do so because that makes me feel good.
So many women wear the same combination of jeans, a loose blouse, flats, and a satchel. Don’t get me wrong because I have plenty of casual-jean and blouse combinations in my…

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