Earth Day: Refashion Roundup

Earth Day is this week so I decided I wanted to share why I do what I do.  In college I took a sustainability class that I loved. We were assigned an eight week project where we had to lower our carbon footprint. While most of the class changed light bulbs in their homes and switched to low flow taps, I went a totally different direction with the project. I  decided to do 1 refashion a week and calculate how much water I saved by buying and refashion 8 thrifted outfits.

Guys, it’s a lot! The fashion industry is terrible on the environment. Fast fashion is polluting the Earth. According to Use It Again, one t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce. Whoa! Also the EPA states that in the U.S. alone, we throw away approximately 11.1 million tons of textiles, EACH year. To me, that’s crazy. It inspired the projects that started it all! Keep reading for more of my favorite refashions.

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The Crafty Disaster Refashion Roundup

Alright I am not exclusively wearing thrifted or refashioned clothes, but I am making a conscious effort to wear more recycled clothing. It’s all about balance right? Small steps in the right direction. I love the creative aspect of refashioning clothes. So I put together this roundup of my favorite and my most popular refashions.

               Peplum Top          ///          Hawaiian Muumuu

          Shirt to Apron          ///          My Very First Refashion

Jean Jacket & Lace 

Skirt to Top         ///          Jean Shirt

Wrap Skirt          ///          Ruffle Skirt

Mad Hatter’s Jacket          ///          Zelena Halloween/ Wicked Witch

Tie Dye Dress          ///          Skirt to T-Shirt Dress

So what can you do? You don’t sew, that’s okay.

You can start by donating your unwanted clothes to thrift stores. Small scale local ones are my favorite to donate too, because they directly benefit the community I live in. Donating clothes gives them the chance to be reused instead of heading straight to the dump.

You can shop  thrift stores, yard sales, and buy used. Recycling furniture, clothing, and home decor stuff repurposes it and keeps it out of landfills. It also decreases the need for manufacturers to make new stuff. Cause lets get real, we all have enough stuff.

You can shop resales sites online like ThredUp, Poshmark, and Vinted all from the comfort of your couch. There is also resales stores for those that like to shop in person like Plato’s Closet, Hut No. 8, and Once Upon a Child.

This Earth Day, donate all of your Spring cleaning purge to a thrift store!

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  • Brianne

    It’s so nice to see your passion for repurposing and recycling clothing! I am also trying to take steps toward a more ecofriendly life and household. I just made a tutorial on diy “paper” towels on my blog. I love some of your clothing ideas, I may have to give some a try, thanks for sharing!

  • In my early 20’s I followed a girl on EBAY who used to re-purpose baggy old band shirts into more flattering girly pieces. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so I went out and bought a sowing machine, realised it was not easy to sow and gave up after one skirt. HAHA So i will just stick to buying from thrift shops and donating all my unwanted clothes to charity. I love that peplum top you made!! Thanks for sharing with #wastelesswednesday

    • Sewing is pretty fun once you get the hang of it! You can watch Youtube videos for days all about how to sew. That peplum is one of my favorites too. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Doreen’s Style Diary

    Happy Earth Week. I’m celebrating by donating my clothes to Goodwill and recycling them at H&M.

  • I love that you took that approach in that class…and what a fun class to have! I can’t believe that so much water goes into making clothing, but between growing cotton or producing synthetic fabrics I guess it is true. Save the world through refashioning! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop.

  • Tracy Schmiesing McVety

    You did such a great job seeing what the old clothes could be, and making your vision come to life! Even though I can’t even see on a button, I’m very impressed!

  • Anamika

    loved your ideas..really cool stuff!!

  • Thanks for sharing, good stuff here and a great topic.