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#SustainableSunday + repurposing old clothing...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's #SustainableSunday and this week, I am all about re-purposing!  On a recent Instagram scroll, I came face-to-face with the fact that the garment industry isn't always the best for the world.  The use of water alone (like 5,000 gallons to produce one shirt and one pair of jeans) is insane.  And don't even get me started on the pollution and waste created by the industry. 

That being said, I'm on a mission to seriously reduce my rate of clothing consumption.  This is easier said than done, because like most people, I enjoy having a bit of change in my wardrobe.  When outfits get blah, I get to feeling blah, and I just don't have time for that! 

Now, I'm super lucky, because when I fell in love with fashion in high school, my mom gifted me with a sewing machine, a serger and let me sign up for the "clothing" elective.  I went on to college to pursue fashion merchandising and design, so I have some background in how to manufacture clothes.    Now that I'm cutting down on consumption, but am also trying to purge the things that I own but do not use (thanks, minimalism), I've been taking old garments apart and remaking them.  This shirt used to be a skirt and a bedsheets, but now is a pretty adorable (not to too my own horn) top that was perfect to wear to work and then out to fika with SB!  

Now I'm on a mission to see how many old things I can make new!  

What do you think? 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the shirt was repurposed
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the tag necklace is handmade and fair trade
: the arrowhead necklace is handmade 

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