Category Archives: Reuse

Thinking About Hand-Me-Downs

Today I’m guest-blogging over at Desperately Seeking Sanity about hand-me-down baby clothes, though the thoughts could certainly apply to any hand-me-downs, and to used clothing in general. Thanks to Heather for letting me guest-blog, and happy Fourth of July to everyone!

Links: T-shirts, Shoes, and Maternity Fug

I’ve come across some great new blogs in the last week, and I’d like to share.

  1. Teecycle.org sells great vintage T-shirts. These are real classic, used tees, not something faux-distressed to look "vintage".
  2. Kadi over at Simply Thrifty posts about how hard it is for her to pare down her shoe wardrobe. I completely sympathize.
  3. Artist and mother Delilah offers up some examples of the worst of current maternity fashion. Sadly, there was enough material for a sequel.

Blog Action Day: Ms. Green Jeans

This is my post for Blog Action Day.

I read a lot of different blogs on the subjects covered by TWM. I notice a lot of overlap between the frugal living community and the environmentally aware community. A lot of the things that save you money, like reusing and recycling, are also good for the environment.

Four Dollar JeansThere’s also been some overlap recently between the fashion and environmental communities. Designers are trying organic fabrics and dyes, cosmetic companies are experimenting with biodegradable packaging. For example, Loomstate and Levi’s Eco line are jeans made from 100% organic cotton.

However, I’d argue that the jeans I bought last week are equally “green.” Realizing that I only had one pair of jeans that fit, I went to the nearby Salvation Army and picked up two pairs for $4 apiece. That’s two additional pairs of jeans that didn’t have to be dyed, woven, cut, sewn, and shipped. That’s a little extra energy expenditure that got spread over more people (me and the jeans’ previous owners), reducing our environmental impacts just a bit.

So here’s something simple you can do to help the environment: take the clothes you no longer need to a thrift or consignment store, then shop there yourself.

Now That’s Recycling!

TWM reader Becca has posted a spectacular example of what can be done with a vintage bedspread and a little creativity. Take a look at the dress she made.

I definitely admire her sewing abilities. My latest clothing re-use was turning my former favorite pair of jeans, which finally ripped through the knee, into a pair of long shorts.

Maybe I can do something clever with the leftover leg pieces.
Jean shorts leftover legs

More than Just a Clothing Swap

Swap-O-Rama-Rama takes the concept of a clothing swap and expands it into a traveling clothing recycling event. Once you’ve shared and swapped from the donated clothes, on-site experts help you sew and modify your finds, then everyone gets to show off their new outfits in a fashion show. I just wish there was one of these near me!

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