The clothing industry accounts for 10 per cent 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 three, 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 with Americans throwing away about 70 pounds of clothing per person every year.
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: “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 clothing line based on her philosophy, with all the 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.
Check out some of Tyau’s work and you’ll know why she has been winning hearts on social media.