Run your own thrift shop
If you are someone who is active on social media and can use the platform to sell your used clothing, give it a shot. Not only are you helping with the process of recycling clothing, but also earning some money on every purchase.
See if they can be composted
Clothing made of cotton and natural fibres can be composted once you shred them nicely and remove plastic buttons, zippers, and any other attached accessory.
Use them as cleaning rags and mops
It is common practice in Indian households to use worn-out clothes as rags and mops. You can use them to clean glass doors or wipe your floor instead of disposing of them as trash.
Look for textile recycling centres near you
With more and more people accepting the concept of recycling textile, there are a number of centres in every locality that accept worn-out clothes that are damaged and help you to get them recycled. All you have to do is make an effort to locate these centres and drop off all the disposable textile waste.
For decades, Delhi’s Sarojini market has seen numerous vendors selling second-hand products at a discounted rate with tons of customers from across the country. Khaloom, based in Bangalore, India, is a textile design and production company that sells handwoven fabrics from recycled yarns. Khaloom is upcycling waste into a high-quality product. The use of zero-emission techniques has reformed the concept of wearing second-hand clothes. In Panipat, Haryana, discarded woollen garments are heaped in piles and recycled to produce yarn for sweaters, school blazers, and blankets.
Another effective way to reduce the waste generated from textiles is to upcycle them. Where recycling means creating something new out of waste, upcycling is a process that involves generating a reformed product from waste in its present state. Here are 8 creative ways you can upcycle the fabric at home.
Make a blanket out of cut cloth
Do you love some of your t-shirts and scarves too much to watch your mother turn them into a rag or dispose of them? Try cutting out pieces from all these garments, knit them all together to turn them into a blanket or cover for your furniture.
With most of us having electronic gadgets that come with cords and wires, would it not be nice to have them all tied up and tangle-free while they are not in use? Make yourself a cord keeper using fabric scraps and placing a button to hold it tight.
Make yourself a coin purse
Coins have lost their value, with most of us relying on digital modes of payment. Thus you’ll find most of them lying around your house in some corner or the other. Get into the habit of storing the coins in one place by making yourself a purse out of worn-out clothes or denim.
Create Beautiful bedside rugs to add to your home decor
Use old T-Shirts that you cannot wear anymore or jeans that do not fit you to make a beautiful rug for your living space, bedside or kitchen.
If you are a tea or coffee addict, a decent coaster on your work desk will make a good addition. Avoid ring stains from tea or coffee mugs on your desk and paperwork. Cut out a shape of your choice from your desired fabric and pile 2-3 pieces together to make yourself a coaster.
Headbands and scrunchies to hold your hair in place
Make yourself a new rubber band from discarded fabric to keep your hair in place and make it unique with the use of different kinds of fabric and colours.
A fancy bookmark certainly does add to your experience of reading a book. Save yourself the effort of remembering the last read page or having to fold the pages of your new book with self-designed fabric bookmarks.
Beverage holder or coffee sleeve covers
Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or a cold beverage with extra hand grip and enjoy the same thrill as getting an elite coffee cup.
Creativity has no limits. There are countless other ways you can use your craftsmanship to create something new and upcycle fabric in style. We are progressing towards creating a community that is aware of the environmental changes and thus should be motivated enough to move out of the conventional and adapt to the concepts of sustainable living. Let’s make the world a better place, and the process starts with you.