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The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average U.S. citizen trashes almost 70 pounds of unwanted, outgrown clothing and textiles each year. That’s what Goodwill, Purple Heart, The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are there for, folks.

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November 4, 2008

Recycled Clothing

Some say retro is in, others old-school is out,
Some say diagonal stripes are what it’s about.
Some wear it in silk, others wool and sateen,
But clothes made from recyclables are the most green!
 

Think your recycled bottles are always turned into new 2 liter plastics? Think again. These days a new trend is growing amongst the more fashionable members of the eco-movement: recycled clothing. And we’re not just talking about shopping at thrift stores.

  • Online shops are popping up left and right encouraging consumers to order t-shirts, hats and reusable bags made from recycled plastic bottles and other reclaimed materials.
  • Art school graduates have opened virtual boutiques on which you can purchase designs sewn together from different pieces of old used clothing for a new mod style.
  • Hardcore eco-companies create wallets and purses made from old inner tubes and we’ve even heard that Nike created a shoe out of scrap foam and leather waste.
     

Check It Out

Eco-friendly clothing made from soda bottles and reclaimed cotton:
www.clothesmadefromscrap.com/index.htm

Inner tube money-holders:
www.vegankarma.com/servlet/the-BAGS-AND-WALLETS/Categories

Buy a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly design: www.auh2odesigns.com/

Donate old clothes, blankets and other household goods: www.realsimple.com/realsimple/content/0,21770,1043872,00.html

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