New Ideas

As a new idea for our Trash Fashion blog, I though it might be a good idea to update at least once a week either a fact about recycling or an easy way you can help to better the environment.  With that, I would also post a cool picture of some Trash Fashion piece of clothing or accessory for inspiration.  So here it goes for the first one.  Like this post if you would like me to continue doing this.










Compost nonrecyclable cardboard and paper

“You can reduce the volume of your trash by 80% simply by sorting your packaging, and composting all waste that is suitable.  Yard trimmings, food residue, and other compostable items account for about a quarter of our annual waste.  You can add some types of nonrecyclable paper and cardboard to your compost as well.  Their fibers will aerate the compost and thus help the organisms that cause decomposition” (Bourseillier).

Here is a beautiful recycled dress from the TV series ‘Project Runway’.  This dress has all of the modern elements from the sweetheart neckline to the ruffled mermaid style skirt.  This screams chic prom dress.

Modern Ways to Alter Your T-Shirts

Earth Day, 2012


  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year


  • Recycle
  • Participate in Earth Day activities
  • Carpool
  • Only buy what you need
  • Reusing

Here are a few fun activities that you can do on this Earth Day, 2012 to help make your lives greener:

Make a pillow out of an old t’shirt you accidentally shrunk in the wash                                                                         

Make a bracelet out of pull-tabs off of soda cans










Or you can even make a jewelry box out of all those small cardboard boxes you have lying around the house

I hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day and do something great for the world

Recycle t-shirts

Here are some cute purses for the ladies

Flowers from scrap fabric and buttons








These are just a few simple ways that you can turn scrap fabric, buttons, or an old book or magazine into a cute flower that you can then put on a hair pin, necklace, headband, bracelet, ring, or add to the neckline of any plain old t-shirt you have lying around.  The possibilities are endless.

Block Pendant Tutorial

First, you’re going to want to collect your materials.  I chose for my blocks to use an old art magazine, Chinese newspaper, and used gift-wrap for the outside of my pendants.  You will also need to use a lightweight material block for the inside.  I decided to use some old plastic dominos I found at a yardsale.  Also needed will be some type of glue and scissors.






The first thing you’re going to want to do is find a page in a magazine that you would like to turn into a pendant.  Then, measure out the size of the paper that needs to go around the block.  Do this in whatever manner you wish, but make sure it is big enough. Too big is better than too small in this case, because you can always cut extra off.

Next, you will want to lay your block on the paper like pictured, and glue two of the edges down.  I have found that it is easier to glue the short sides first.

The next step is to glue one of the long ends down and make sure it is secure and evenly distributed over your block base so that there are no wrinkles in the paper on the block. 

Once you are finished with this, you will want to do the other side in the same manner.  This has given you your basic block for the pendant.







Now that you have your blocks created, you can start working on turning them into pendants and creating your own necklaces.

Here’s the original post that sparked it all.

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