If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve probably stumbled across the term “upcycled fashion” recently. Basically, what this means is repurposing existing clothes to create new, unique outfits, accessories and more. And, it’s a trend that’s picking up quickly across the globe. Here are 5 reasons why should should consider both purchasing upcycled clothes and upcycling your wardrobe –
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Instead of picking up new pieces of clothing, go through your closet and see which items have potential to be transformed into new, one-of-a-kind outfits. For example, that shirt you no longer wear can be transformed into a skirt. Confused about what to do with your mom’s saree? Turn it into a stunning gown. Wondering what to do with those woollen sweaters in your suitcase? They can be converted into adorable gloves, mittens and scarves. And, given the number of tailors all over India, it won’t be too difficult to attempt this within a pretty low budget.
You’ll Stand Out
Those of us who are fashionistas are always struggling to find new ways to stand out in the crowd. Well, every upcycled outfit and accessory is bound to be unique, which will allow you to make a statement wherever you go. For example, there are designers who create jewellery out of wire, bolts and cloth – now that’s definitely quirky and cool! Showcase your individuality through upcycled pieces no one else will be able to duplicate in the exact same way.
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Reduce Textile Waste
Upcycling clothing reduces textile waste. Over 14 million tons of textile waste ends up in US landfills. And, Britishers tend to send over 200 million items of clothing to landfills during Spring cleaning time. This is a huge environmental hazard, which can be avoided because almost every piece of clothing is recyclable.
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Every t-shirt in your wardrobe requires nearly 700 gallons of water. However, reusing your t-shirts to create something new doesn’t really use additional water. Every time you dump your t-shirt in the trash, or buy a new one, keep that in mind.
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