Add flair to your wardrobe by reusing and repurposing old clothing, shoes and common household items. Plastic bags, snack wrappers, ripped clothing, mesh produce bags, duct tape, old sheets – any material you can think of, can be upcycled into new clothing or fashion accessories for yourself or little ones. There are a wealth of "trash fashion" resources in print and online which provide ideas and detailed instructions for getting started.
It’s not garbage, it’s art! From ‘shabby chic’ home decorating projects to egg carton alligators, arts and crafts projects involving unwanted everyday items are a fun way to reduce waste and a unique way to reuse many items that are otherwise destined for the landfill.
At some point in the life cycle of your clothing, the time comes when no amount of button or zipper repairs, patches or sewing will bring it back to life. Instead of taking up unnecessary landfill space and throwing unusable clothing or shoes in the garbage, there is another option! Retext Northwest is a locally-based company that recycles unwanted textiles, including clothing, shoes and backpacks. Retext collection boxes are located throughout the Puget Sound.
Unusable textiles are recycled into rags, or pulled apart and reprocessed into fibers for paper, upholstery, pet bedding and insulation materials. For your unwanted reusable clothing and shoes, consider taking them to any of the available non-profit donation sites around the city.