Recycling + Upcycling Clothes
The Nomads Guide to Recycling + Upcycling Clothes
As much as we design clothes here at Nomads to last forever, we know that not everything in your wardrobe will stand the test of time. We’re talking about the moth-eaten jumpers, damaged-beyond-repair jeans and stained T-shirts that can’t be cleaned. Though it might be tempting to chuck the odd ripped sock or pair of laddered tights into the bin, what about those bigger ticket items?
With Brits sending a nausea-inducing 350,000 tonnes of clothes to landfill in spring 2018, our fashion waste problem is an epidemic that we can no longer ignore. Campaigners are urging us all to start recycling our old clothes rather than throwing them in the rubbish – and for good reason.
Over the last decade, clothing has become the fastest growing stream of waste in the UK, and it now represents the fifth biggest environmental footprint of any industry in the UK.
Plus, the staggering 350,000 tonnes of clothing that go to landfill each year could generate a massive £140 million if they were reused or recycled.
By altering, accessorising, and combining clothes in new ways, you can revamp your wardrobe and still look amazing.
Here are our five tips for how to refashion & upcycle your clothes:
1. Odd Socks
We all know odd socks are a pain because they don’t match, but what if you could make the most of their mix-and-matchiness?
Sort through your odd socks to find the pretty ones (they don’t have to match, just co-ordinate!) and have a go at making a scarf or pair of gloves like the ones here.
2. Old to Young
Got a bunch of old work shirts that no longer fit but are just too pretty to throw out? Try this super quick project to transform a standard shirt into a cute child’s dress! Guide here.
3. From scraps to beauty products!
Teach yourself a new sustainable skill by transforming any of your leftover scrap fabric into reusable make-up remover pads. Find out how here.
4. No-Sew Christmas Jumper
Dig out any old sweatshirt, jumper or piece of knitwear and add some sparkle for your Christmas party this year! Love Your Clothes have a great way to rescue a well-loved jumper that needs a new lease of life – watch the how-to video here.
5. All the Trimmings
Old jacket or jeans looking a bit tired? A really simple way to breathe new life into older favourites is to just change the trimmings! Adding a badge to a denim jacket, dress or sweater is a fashion lover’s secret weapon when it comes to a speedy, unique customization trick. But why not go even further and consider taking up the hem on your jeans or adding some on-trend buttons or fastenings to quickly bring your old staples into the current season?