Did you know that over 500,000 tonnes of textiles go into landfill each year?
Off that amount, over 95% could have been reused.
What is Up-cycling
Up-cycling is taking something that is considered waste, and repurposing it. Over here at the George Harris Movement, we up-cycle clothes by modifying them into something that can be re-used.
Where we get our clothes from
The clothes and fabric we use to up-cycle, are handpicked by us from thrift stores around from the Illawarra and Southern Highlands region. They are pieces that we think are still in a great condition and can be turned into something.
Once our clothes are chosen, they are modified by hand and given a new function. For example, a shirt is turned into a skirt and left over fabric scraps become scrunchies. Dresses are cut and made into a two piece top and skirt.
Did you know that it takes more than 3400 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt? That’s enough water to keep a human hydrated for 900 days.
It’s estimated that every year, each Australian will throw away 23kg of textiles, 95% of which can be reused or recycled.
By up-cycling, we are reducing these statistics as well as providing new products and fashion accessories to our customers.
Difference between recycling and up-cycling
Recycling, is when the product is broken down so it can be reused, usually to make something completely new. For example, glass is smashed and melted down to be recast and paper is shredded to make pulp.
Up-cycling, is using the same product and giving it a new function, without breaking it down. So when we turn a shirt into a skirt or a tote bag, we are giving it a second chance to be used.
What can be up-cycled
Here at GHM, we up-cycle everything from old shirts to aprons to denim. Everything can be re-used and turned into a one-of-a-kind piece. We also reuse the scrap fabric that we might have left over, to ensure that we make less of an impact into the amount of textiles that go into landfill each year.