Have you ever thought about how many people change their wardrobes and how often that happens? Then take into the fact that some people just toss clothing into the waste baskets rather than recycle. My husband receives junk mail (another wasteful enterprise--although I am sure some do make money that way or it wouldn't keep filling up our mail boxes) that was quite interesting! It was titled "America Gets Thrifty!" The article told about a retail thrift store industry and how great it is doing. Some of you readers might be familiar with Epic Thrift. The article quoted a story from June 6, 2013, ELLE magazine saying that the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing every year. This equals about 191 T-shirts per person discarded per year. That is just to give an idea of the wastefulness.
There are many other sites that show that how wasteful and thoughtless America has gotten to be. There are groups and companies that specialize in recycling clothing and shoes as well as other household goods. However, there seems to be a growing number of thrift store shoppers as well as folks recycling clothing and shoes. I enjoy going through such stores and finding "treasures" as well as recycling what we are through using that is still in good condition.
Probably in the larger cities there are a lot of thrift shops that specialize in up-to-date-fashions where trendy looks can be purchased for a lot less. But the fact is thrift shops work because of purposeful customers who want to use their funds wisely and others just love to shop for "treasures".
On this note of recycling and repurposing, I received this interesting website and wanted to share it with you as I believe it is an outstanding contribution that one can easily become involved in. Here you can use up those fabric scraps with gratefulness that God has made a way to clean out those fabric stashes and others can be so blessed by your kindness! Please check out this site: Little Dresses for Africa! I am definitely going to do this as they have several ideas for children's clothing. I noticed that some of these have been at it for several years and a few have had to quit sending dresses for a variety of reasons, shipping costs are expensive as well as dispensing concerns. Anyway, one of the simple ideas is making pillowcase dresses. I know that there has been a great venture promoted for making just pillowcases by sewing stores in the U.S., not sure of those details as it just didn't interest me, but this makes a pillowcase seem to take on new life! I find there are many sites that donate sewn clothing to children around the world. We adopted from Haiti in 2005 and I always wanted to sew some dresses for the little girls and as well as pants for the boys at the orphanage, but got busy with our own corner of the world and now that our children are much older I find golden opportunities! This is one site that is interested in pillowcase dresses from what I can read.
Another site that wants dresses is found here:
Opportunities rarely exist whereby one can make a pretty outfit for a girl that is appreciated for its being a dress for daily wear! Anyway, if the Lord leads you down this path for a while, may you enjoy the blessings!