Going Green: The Repurpose Report Volume 2 - Ruined Clothes

Cynthia Farmer By Cynthia Farmer, 22nd Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This aritcle is about alternate uses for ruined clothes, which will allow you to save money. Cut down on waste, spend less, and help the environment.

volume 2 Ruined Clothes

Now for starters there are many ways to "fix" clothing. By this I mean stain removal, sewing repair etc. What I am focusing on today are clothes that are destined for the garbage bin. Believe it or not these items still have uses.
Cut all the buttons off shirts and blouses. Any kind of hook and eye, or other closures need to be removed and saved. Also elastic bands can be cut out. It doesn't take long to build up a stock pile. Then if you need a button or elastic you will already have it. No running to the store and buying it. This saves time, gas money as well as the money to buy the item.
I am not very good at replacing zippers, so I don't save them. If you are proficient at zipper installation by all means harvest those too. Depending on the garment there are other things that can be salvaged also. Piping, trim, lace, sequined banding, even applique can be removed and used on other garments.
One of my favorite tricks is with prom gowns or bridesmaid dresses. With a little cutting and sewing you now have a matching set of satin pillow cases.
Towels can be cut down into wash cloth size and with a simple hem will yeild a lot of good usage.
Cotton t-shirts are a favorite of mine. Cut them into rag size and keep handy. They are perfect for jobs like greasy mechanic work. Paint and stain cloths and even furniture polishing. You know, the jobs you don't want to use your good linens on. These can simply be thrown away when your done. Much better idea than paper towels, your saving money and trees.
So before you toss that garment in tha trash, toss around the idea of what you might do with it first. Until next time stay green!


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I am a country girl at heart, My fiance and I live with our beloved boston terrier (sugar). I love life and want to share my knowlege and zest. I will be writing about health, nutrition, counrty lifestyle, frugal and simple living, home repair, and ...(more)

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