The term Upcycled Clothing has been floating around for a few years with a lot of different meanings. It’s time to clarify and confirm what it really means. Upcycled clothing is taking gently used clothes, breaking them down and using the material to make a new piece of clothing. But not all gently used clothes should be used to make a new upcycled piece. Let’s use plastic as an example. It’s broken down into threads and used to make garments even shoes that are durable. Upcycle old clothes of quality to create new garments is also another option.
The best-upcycled clothing are the garments that are made with older quality garments. Not all vintage clothing can be worn again, some of it is quite corny. But taking those garments and reworking them into a modern garment is upcycling. It should be a high-quality garment that will also last. I know what you’re thinking you’re probably saying but I can’t afford it but you can’t afford not to. Why? Those who by fast fashion (cheap low-grade clothing) spend more money than those who invest in their clothes. Retailers like H&M who have produced an eco-conscious line are using left-over materials to produce this line. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re buying something good. You’re still buying low-grade, poorly constructed cheaply made clothing.
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