CLOTHES UPCYCLING PROJECTS: GOOD FOR YOUR POCKET, GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Every year UK households throw away almost 30 million tonnes of rubbish!
On average, each person in the UK throws away seven times their body weight in rubbish every year. Much of this could be used for upcycling.
Upcycling n 1 taking the component parts of a redundant object and using them to create a new, useful object (thereby reducing the use of virgin materials). Angus Middleton, Director of Environmental Consultancy, Renaissance Regeneration and Founder of Ecoboom.co.uk
Since 2010 the growth of upcycling ideas has meant that upcycling companies and those that provide a shop window for upcycling companies have seen huge growth. Products tagged ‘upcycled’ on Etsy.com have seen an increase of 2489% since 2010.
Sources: www.entrepreneur.com www.Etsy.com
Over 350,000 tonnes of used clothing goes into landfill each year. UK re-use (14%)
Overseas re-use (34%) Recycling (14%)
Landfill (31%) Source: www.wrap.org.uk
It is estimated that up to 95% of the textiles that are landfilled each year could become upcycled clothes.
There are 3,000 textile banks in the UK but less than 25% of capacity is used.
25% of capacity Source: www.wasteonline.org.uk
Upcycled products can be made from all sorts of things. Second hand fashions
Upcycled clothing can be created from all sorts of things!
Dead stock fabrics Remnants
Once you have your upcycling ideas you can find items for your projects and store them until you are ready to start upcycling!
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