Repurposed clothing isn't an easy concept to follow: it's not just about wearing vintage or secondhand clothing, but remaking it to fit a different purpose- a different season, fashion trend, body type, etcetera. It's been dubbed customized clothing and reincarnated rags; the designers are clothing remixers or wardrobe surgeons. The colorful language around the trend may be one of the problems.
Maybe deconstructed designs haven't gone mainstream like organic cotton, partly that's because no one can decide on a name for ______ (insert word: reworked, refashioned, restyled, remade, restructured, refurbished, recovered, reclaimed, redesigned) clothing.
The author goes on to explain the environmental benefits of upcycling clothing:
It's a shame surgically-altered styles haven't gotten more attention given that secondhand clothing is one of the greenest fabrics. When you use old clothing as a source material, there is no waste involved in manufacture, instead you are recovering what might otherwise end up in landfills.
In the US alone, more than 20 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year (1 million in the UK). So by simply recycling clothes as a source material, we not only avoid the waste involved in manufacture (even for organic cotton and bamboo, this is significant), but we prevent more landfill waste so refashioned fabrics could be considered net negative waste materials.
So, WHATEVER you call it, upcycling clothing can benefit your bank account and the environment!
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