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Welcome to My Recycled Life!

My name is Cynthia Garrett and I believe in recycling and reusing things as much as possible. I want to create new and useful items from stuff that has already had a previous life. I hope to illustrate my ideas here and discuss lots of different ways to keep perfectly good textiles from winding up in the landfill. Thank you for checking out my website!

Unnecessary Waste

According to the EPA, over 13 million tons of textiles are trashed each year and only 15% is recovered for reuse. Textile waste creates pollution and wastes resources, especially water. I believe it is increasingly important to recover textiles before they reach the landfill. Clothes rotting in a landfill release methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide. Having to manufacture new clothing to replace what we throw away uses more precious water and more chemicals.

Recycle Old Clothes

Vintage clothing has often been made from natural fibers like wool, linen, and cotton, with beautiful dressmaker details that can be incorporated into new items. There is still so much useful life in old clothes – let’s be creative and find ways to use these fabrics.