Fashion Footprint – Recycling on Trend

Nowadays, it’s no secret that buying clothes from thrift shops can be cheap AND trendy (thank you, Macklemore), but did you know that by thrifting clothes you are also doing a small part in helping the environment? The average American throws away about seventy pounds of post-consumer textile waste just by themselves. 85% of those clothes (about 21 BILLION pounds) are not recycled, donated, or reused; just taking up more and more space in our landfills, more than 5.2%.

I know statistics like this can be boring and sometimes disheartening… So, we did a little experiment to see just how practical it could be to thrift and upcycle clothes and still be up-to-date with modern fashion trends. We looked into spring and summer trends according to Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Elle to find the “it” looks for 2018. With a budget of a little under $100, we were able to dress five women in four outfits each to get them through the cool spring nights to the warm summer days of Louisiana. That led us to do this article and photoshoot on UPCYCLING those old evening gowns for the holiday season. Hope you enjoy!

As seen in Modern Grace Magazine