Crafts and Clothing from Scrap-Fabric

T-Shirts to Necklaces

Remember than any of these necklaces could be made from recycled or scrap fabric, not just old t-shirts.  Also, when adding embellishments to your necklace, see if you can use something you already have in your house rather than going out and buying something for it.  This also reduces waste, because the processing for a new product does not have to be wasted.  Try using some spare buttons or beads off of a necklace that broke or even use one of your grandmother’s old vintage broaches as embellishments.  If there is any particular necklace you would like to see a how-to for, let me know and I will try to get it up before the end of the summer.  Happy reading!

Shirts to Skirts

Here’s a new idea.  Turn old men’s dress shirts into skirts and dresses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few neat little facts to keep you being as green as you possibly can be:

Don’t Patronize Fast-Food Chains.

“Eight hundred and fifty-two million people around the world live in poverty.  Of these people, 815 million of them live in developing countries.  In 1996, governments of the countries that belong to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made a commitment to halving the number of malnourished people in the world by 2015.  At the present rate of progress this target will be achieved in 2150, or more than 100 years late, because of fast-food restraunts.  Meanwhile, no part of the world is spared the wave of fast-food chain restaurant openings, a vertable standard-bearer of globalization.  If you visit fast-food restaurants, think about what you are doing, and make your children aware of the other results of mass-produed food: intensive, polluting agriculture, poor nutritional quality, mountains of non-recyclable packaging, and standardization of tastes” (Bourseiller).

Preserve our natural world as long as we can.  Think about your actions.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses

These dresses are some examples that eco-friendly doesn’t necessairly mean that it will be out of style.  An eco-friendly wedding gown is just the first step to leading a new, greener lifestyle.  If you like these dresses, check out : http://inhabitat.com/green-wedding-guide-eco-friendly-wedding-dresses/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another green option for eco-friendly wedding dresses is previously worn dresses.  This is also a very ‘pocketbook friendly’ option, since second-hand dresses are typically less expensive.  Check out your local thrift stores and ebay for a once-worn dress.

More Eco-Fashion

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/dresses/Orla-Kiely-Alpine-Grove-Flared-Dress

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/dresses/Coral-Gingham-Ruffle-Dress

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/dresses/Matilda-Embroidered-Bow-Dress

http://www.freepeople.com/sale-sale-under-50/mid-rise-city-kick-flare/

http://www.freepeople.com/sale-sale-under-50/tracey-dot-dress/

http://www.freepeople.com/shoes-all-shoe-styles/rockaway-cutout-wedge/

http://www.freepeople.com/shoes-all-shoe-styles/victorian-floral-docs/

http://www.freepeople.com/accessories-hats/stef-plaid-straw-fedora/

Eco-Clothing

If you like any of the clothing pictured below, make sure you check out the link underneath to go to the retail page.  Everything pictured is either recycled, made of recycled fibers, made of organic fibers, fair-trade, or eco-friendly in some other way.  Have fun checking out all of the cute clothes!

http://worldofgood.ebay.com/Full-and-Wide-Maxi-Skirt—Light-Summer-Crinkled-Gypsy-Cotton—White—size-XL/190605135094/item

http://worldofgood.ebay.com/A-Line-Dress-by-Mata-Traders-Fair-Trade/250862899140/item

http://worldofgood.ebay.com/Super-Flare-Light-Cream-Thai-Cotton-Craft-Flared-Pants/200556190007/item

http://worldofgood.ebay.com/Jonano-Vienna-Sleeveless-Shift-Dress—Black—SMLXL/270673974871/item

http://www.nomadicstateofmind.com/store/product.php?productid=173&cat=2&page=1

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses-new-favorites/fp-new-romantics-cirque-trapeze-dress/

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-tops/ruffle-me-up-mesh-tunic/

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-sweaters/marled-yarn-pullover/

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/jewellery/Brass-Leaf-Earrings

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/accessories/summer-scarves/Silk-Scarf

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/women/skirts/Delicate-Flower-Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the shopping idea is a new one, I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.  Please let me know which pieces you are interested in, and I will try to pull more from those styles of clothing next time I do a ‘shopping’ post.  Also, if you would like to see more jewelry and accessories, please let me know that as well.  After all, this blog is about helping all of you be more environmentally friendly!

here’s something you can do

Here are some more recycled dresses from Project Runway to give you all some inspiration

A Step towards Greener Living for the Week

Reduce your meat consumption, and you’ll feed the world.

“In the United States and Europe, two-thirds of the grain produced each year is destined for livestock feed.  More than half of the grains produced worldwide are not fed to humans.  If it were, it could feed 2 billion people.  This system is too costly in natural resources such as water, soil, and energy sources and willnot be able to sustain the 8 billion people predicted to be living on earth in 2030.  Begin to reduce your meat consumption slowly.  Choose one day a week to eat vegetarian and increase the number of days at your own pace.  The variety of foods for vegetarians and the availability of local farm-fresh organic produce make the vegetarian lifestlye more appealing than ever, and you will be helping to relieve a small part of the pressures of our global appetite” (Bourseiller).

 

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