There is a tremendous stigma about older clothes that needs rethinking.
|Making garments last should be a source of pride|
Even paying for repairs by professionals is (most of the time) more economical compared to replacing items.
- Try learning to repair socks and getting shoes resoled. By doing this, you can make those clothes you love and wear regularly last longer, reducing the chances of buying new pieces of clothing that have a future in the back of your closet.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2014, more than 16.2 million tons of textiles were generated, but only 16 percent of clothing and shoes were recycled.
If all else fails and repair is out of the question then here are a few ideas to keep those items out of the landfill.
- Use old handbags for your daughters dress up time or as a bag for extra toiletries.
- Repurpose leather belts into a dog collar or fill an old pair of boots with sand and use it as a door stopper. Be creative with how you can use them. Etsy is also a great source of inspiration.
- Support local businesses in your neighborhood like tailors & cobblers. Not only do you extend the use of your items but bring valuable dollars to these mom and pop stores.
Finally, many of us have a closet full of old handbags, leather jackets & shoes. If you are like me there are some that have been repaired more than once. Sometimes the item is just too far gone. What can you do?
- Donate to artists and DYIers so they can "reclaim" the leather into new functional items. A quick google search will yield local donation centers.
- Have you seen Palomino Jewelry? Katie uses reclaimed leather & hardware from old handbags to create her jewelry designs. Check out Palomino Collection here
Do you have old furs that are taking up space in your closet and you want to rid yourself of them? Donate between January and April 22 (Earth Day) those furs to Coats for Cubs that use them in the rehab of orphaned animals around the U.S.