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Tag Archives: Recycle Clothes

Zero Waste: Recycling Old Clothes

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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Retailers with the Best Recycling Programs

By Larraine Roulston: Recyclable items that are not part of municipal collection programs make recycling inconvenient for citizens. To address this issue, the following retailers have stepped up to make recycling their products, as well as those of their competitors, easier for customers. Apple, best known for its computers, has …

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Recycling 101

By Fredrica Syren Since I’m the queen of “nothing goes into the landfill,” and we try to live a zero waste life recycling is an important step in that journey so we’ve had some work cut out for us to figure out how to recycle most of our waste. Besides …

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DIY Christmas Using Old Sweaters

By Larraine Roulston: Old sweaters sporting holes at the elbows are quite unsuitable to pass along to others. They need not be tossed away, however. Besides being unraveled for the wool, they also offer easier opportunities to create unique holiday gifts and crafts via upcycling by cutting and using various parts of the sweaters. Mittens: …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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How to Make Your Clothes Last

By Kim Robson: Buying new clothes can be a time-consuming, expensive chore. There’s nothing worse than watching a favorite piece fall apart after a few wears because of poor workmanship or shoddy materials. There’s another reason to avoid mediocre duds: too often, cheap clothing is made by starving children laboring …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Bringing New Life to Your Outdated Sweater

By Amanda Wilkes: It is nearly time for spring cleaning, and this year I am including my closet on the list of things to do. Most of the time I donate old clothes that I am no longer wearing; however, I’m thinking of doing something different with my outdated sweaters. …

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Keeping Fabrics Out of Landfills

By Larraine Roulston: For the most part, we want our unwanted clothing to be reused. Many mothers pass their children’s outgrown outfits to friends’ children, while women of various ages host clothes swapping parties. Supporting local thrift stores and clothing drop boxes are other examples. Torn and stained textiles do …

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Ethical Wardrobes: Gratified World

By Amanda Wilkes: By no means am I the trendy, fashion forward, catwalk replicating fashionista that many trendsetters accomplish with ease. However, I do love a great outfit and appreciate a commendable closet. What I’ve learned is that keeping up with the latest fads is exhausting to both my wallet …

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