This fall, hit up the consignment shops or the Pinterest DIY clothing page to freshen up your style the green way! Reusing clothes is a simple (and trendy!) way to reduce your carbon footprint. According to a study conducted by the Salvation Army, University College Northampton, and the Environmental Resources Management, reusing 1 ton of cotton clothing only uses 2.6% of the energy required to manufacture those from virgin materials, and reusing 1 ton of polyester clothing only uses 1.8%!!
By reusing clothing, you cut out carbon emissions released during fiber cultivation/creation, manufacturing, transportation/distribution, and the disposal of the garment. In addition, no packaging is required.
If you don’t want to reuse someone else’s clothes, remake your old clothes into a new wardrobe item! You can even turn old tshirts into produce bags or headbands, and old sweaters into warm winter socks! You’d be surprised what you can make with what you have, so skip the store and explore the clothes rack in your closet!!
Written by: Ainslee Cunningham, class of 2014
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English: Goodwill Industries thrift shop, 41937 Ford Road, Canton, Michigan