The clothing industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. This fact somehow doesn’t get the same publicity as, for example, the negative impacts of agriculture or plastic waste, but it is something we urgently need to address.
Mom of 3 Sarah Tyau is one of many who are helping to break our addiction with ‘fast fashion,’ where retailers have to constantly tempt customers with endless ‘new’ fashions to sell products. Old items are swiftly deemed undesirable and binned, Americans throw away about 70 lbs of clothing per person every year.
Sarah began recycling old clothes soon after the birth of her first daughter. What began as a way to save some money became a philosophy for life: “Look good, feel good, do good.” She has transformed hundreds of pieces of old clothing, from oversized shirts to wedding dresses, turning them into stylish outfits for her and her daughters. She sources the clothes from thrift stores, family and friends, and has perfected her sewing techniques to such an extent that she now plans to design her own line of clothing based on her philosophy, with all proceeds going to children in need.
With 135k followers on Instagram, people are clearly enjoying Sarah’s work. She also has a Youtube channel where she shares hints and tips on technique and design, so you too can start refashioning your old clothes and reduce your impact.
To read more about the enviromental cost of the clothing industry you can start with articles here and here. Scroll down to check out Sarah’s work for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Mom of 3 Sarah Tyau began recycling old clothes soon after the birth of her first daughter
What began as a way to save some money became a philosophy for life
She has transformed hundreds of pieces of old clothing for the whole family to wear