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The Green Life: Green Your Wardrobe: Clothes Makeover!

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March 19, 2009

Green Your Wardrobe: Clothes Makeover!

Remake your clothes There’s nothing more in style right now than flaunting that you’re good to the earth. Freshening up your wardrobe for spring?  This week’s green fashion tips will help you keep up with what’s hip.

Tip #4: Make Over Your Wardrobe

Almost everyone loves a makeover. That’s why we go shopping, right? To get a sense of renewal. While it might feel good in the moment to come home with a brand-new outfit, we forget the long-term effects of that purchase: the emissions caused by mass production, the energy it took to transport, and the waste it’ll create when it’s ultimately dumped.

So how can we get that new feeling without buying anything new? One idea is to reimagine the clothes you don't wear anymore: Cut tees into tanks, make jeans into shorts (or capris or a skirt), sew patterned clothes into purses, unravel an old sweater and knit it into a new style, cover stains creatively, or turn any item a different color (with planet-friendly dye, of course).

Another great solution is to host or attend a clothes swap with friends. Have everyone bring fashions and accessories that are still in decent shape and pick out pieces that are new to you.

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