19 Jul '11, 8am

Five easy ways to give your wardrobe a green-over:

Five easy ways to give your wardrobe a green-over:

Whether they’re out-of-date or worn out, the dictates of fast fashion means clothes today have a short shelf life and according to DEFRA, two million tonnes of textiles end up in landfill each year. Some designers are working to reduce this waste by making the most of offcuts or upcycling discarded garments. Last year, H&M launched Waste: a line made from leftover items, after it was embarrassed by the revelation that staff dealt with unsold goods by simply throwing them away. But retailers aren’t the only ones dealing with piles of unwanted clothes. Thanks to the abundance of cheap clothes on the market, consumers are more likely to throw away their old clothes than repair or reuse them. Given the myriad creative ways to reuse old clothes, whether reworking them into something wonderful, making them into cushion stuffing or even turning your old boots into flowerpots, tha...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/9...

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