What to do with your old Tees ?
We all know how hard it is to throw out our t-shirt collection as most are tied to a memory of that special trip, sports events, family reunions, kids events and so much more!! So lets get creative on how to take control and and repurpose them into something new and useful.
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Upcycling, otherwise known as creative reuse, is “the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function.” and at most times these projects end up better in their new form.
With thousands of tutorials searchable online - one can get really creative on what can or cannot be done and be really creative!! so let's get started.
Idea 1 - Frame It
Framed high school, college, concert t-shirts displayed in frames are a great way to preserve milestones or those of your children or they make great gifts.
Idea 2 - Make a Quilt
A great way to show off those T-shirts and sweatshirts that you’ve collected over the years. Make them into a quilt for use in the bedroom, family room or to hang on the wall.
Idea 3 - Make Tote Bags
Plastic bags are so not good for the environment!! Recycle those old tees and make some cute, fun tote bags! Stand out and take them to the farmers market, to the beach and elsewhere.
Idea 4 - For your pet cat and/or dog
Anything you make for your kitten/cat or the puppy/dog out of old stuff they’re going to like way more than new!
A tent in which a cat may curl up for sleep, hide from the world or explore the outdoors.
Toys - For dogs and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. It is for their well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave them at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent them from developing certain problem behaviors.
Make dog and cat toys out of your old tees
Yes - Tees can be recycled provided they are sent to the right recycle places. Some recommendations by T-Shirts Etc West Houston - check them out!
Re-Spun: accepts fabrics of all types, except spandex, and is a really awesome choice when you’re looking to recycle your tees!
A list of a few of the fashion companies that offer to recycle. Keep in mind that some of these brands accept only their own clothes, while others will collect anything, so be sure to look into the details of their program first:
How do I find clothing recyclers near me?
A quick Google search should tell you if there's a clothing recycler drop-off in your area and what they collect. Earth 911 - is also a place where you can search on locations for not only clothing but other items around the household.
Donate your gently used clothing to charities. By doing so, you not only keep them out of landfills but it helps people in need. Donations change lives locally and internationally.
Where to donate? A few out of the many organizations and their mission to help you donate with ease.
Goodwill - Goodwill’s mission is all about enhancing the quality of life for millions of people through education, skills training, and work. How does donating your clothes play into that? When you drop things off at one of their donation sites, your donations are then sold in one of their thousands of retail stores. This creates revenue that goes towards finding people employment and funding job training.
Salvation Army - They do just about every act of charity under the sun. From domestic abuse to disaster relief, to combating addiction, their mission is simple but grand: meet human need wherever, whenever, and however, they can. You can contribute to this mission by heading to any one of their thousands of drop-off sites or scheduling a free pickup, and donating your old clothes to someone in need!
Vietnam Veterans of America - All of your donations go towards supporting veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. Donations can be scheduled for pick-up online and will be picked up right at your doorstep. All you have to do is label your donation boxes.
Project G.L.A.M. - This awesome project, hosted by WGIRLS Inc. is dedicated to providing formal dresses for economically disadvantaged young women who can’t afford a prom dress. G.L.A.M. stands for Granting Lasting Amazing Memories which is exactly what you can give these girls by donating your old dresses
Soles4Souls - this incredible organization believes in the power of a pair of shoes. Having already donated over 51 million pairs of shoes in over 127 countries, and in all 50 U.S. states, Soles4Souls has provided relief to people that have come upon hard times for a number of reasons. Explore how you can aid in their efforts by gathering and donating your unwanted shoes.
The Arc - Is the nation’s leading advocate for those with developmental disabilities. All of the funds they raise from donations go toward public policy advocacy, as well as inclusion programs and services for the community. Help further their mission by donating your old belongings and clothing to one of their thrift stores.
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