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November 25, 2008


Very excellent points in your article.



Rarely does any of my clothing/cloth items end up in a landfill.

Of course, I grew up in a family of re-users and recyclers big time. Even my grandmother, who was from a family in Europe that owned land and businesses, was into saving and re-using.

I save and re-use fabric and yarns to make new things. I am currently in the process of unraveling a sweater that started unraveling on its own - most of the yarn can be re-used for something. Of course, I crochet and knit all the time and I can find some way to use it.

If you don't want to Re-make yourself, find a tailor or someone who does sewing, crocheting or knitting help you. You might be able to have something made that you would just love.

If you have a sweater that is starting to fall apart - unravel it and use the yarn to make something new - or have a crocheter or knitter do it for you.

If you just don't want it and it is still in usable condition, donate it in clean condition to Goodwill, Thrift Shops or Shelters.

Finding non-toxic dyes is possible. I don't know about finding organic fibers, as they are scarce.

The real point is to only buy what is necessary and re-use and re-make as much as possible.

Discarding clothing so it lands in landfills is just downright ridiculous!!

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