Up-cycle | Refashioned Apparel Is The Most Sustainable

Refashioned apparel is Eco-fashion at its best. It keeps unwanted items and material out of the waste stream.

Innovative designers are using up-cycling in their collections. Consumers are realizing the negative effects of fast fashion and are refashioning their own wardrobe.

[Above Images and Feature Image | Recycle for Greater Manchester hosted an award winning Upcycled fashion show at the Museum of Science and Industry – source: 5FOOT8 at flickr.com]

There are more textiles produced in the world today than can be used — many of the large clothing chains can produce as many as a half a billion garments a year. And what happens to those clothes after they have fulfilled their ‘useful’ lives? About 14.3 million tons of textiles were sent to the landfill in 2012, or around 5.7 percent of total municipal solid waste generation in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

If not discarded as trash, unwanted apparel is often donated to thrift stores. Though a good step toward avoiding the landfill, this is not as beneficial as people think – only about 20 to 30 percent of donated clothing is actually re-sold. And the drastic increase in the volume of secondhand clothing has driven down its value in the past 15 years — meaning that charity shop stores are now filled with cheap fashion and junky basics instead of vintage gems. – [source: Triple Pundit website]

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Upcycle fashion firm Franovik Designs out of Plantation recycles fabric into one-of-a-kind designs.

What are you wearing?  The answer to that has become chic to say- I am wearing up-cycle fashion– as in the case with my conversation with Veronique CheVALier at a recent event.  Her outfit is recycled sweaters, by Katwise, and a coordinating hat she found at a thrift store.

Up-cycled apparel is a revolution, is a movement, although not new, continues to make a significant impact on sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

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Rhonda P. Hill

Founder, Publishing Editor

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