So, I had to ask her: What is upcycling?
“When you upcycle clothing, you’re transforming a garment and spicing it up to make it better than the original item. You’re reinventing the garment into something more modern and chic, using a minimal amount of harmful byproducts.” –Karen Garalde
Every year, I clean out my closet to give clothes to the Goodwill and other organizations that accept second hand clothing. I do it to ensure that I’m giving back to my community and that I’m not developing a closet hoarder habit.
Garalde explained to me that it’s important for people to embrace green fashion:
“We live in a society that over-consumes and over-produces. Not all garments that are donated to charity are even used as second-hand clothing; much of it just ends up in landfills. This means that our wardrobes have increasing environmental costs. Green fashion is not only eco-friendly, but it’s more personable. Being green does not mean that the product will not be cool to wear or the quality is poor.” -Karen Garalde
Nothing is wrong with giving or wearing second hand clothing to me. Upcycling is just a cool way to make old clothing into something stylish again and Garalde agrees:
“I’m always on the lookout for second-hand items that have the potential to be transformed into something different, more wearable and modern.” –Karen Garalde
I was so happy when she shared some of the recent things she has upcycled. Check it out:
1. Transformed men’s button down shirt into woman’s skirt
2. Upcycled polka dot cocktail dress (front &back)
3. Bracelet pieces transformed into earrings