Writing and artwork by Anna Sorokina
Sew a button! Fix a hem! Reattach a strap! Darn a sock! Mending is an act of self-reliance and creativity. Most clothing items can serve us for years if properly cared for – mending is just a way to show love for things that keep us warm and make us feel good.
Organize a clothing swap with friends, either in person or virtually. Swaps are a great way to feel excited about recycling, because not only are you giving your clothes a second life, but you may potentially find your next favourite outfit.
Clothes make great rags, grocery bags, handkerchiefs, and patches! A simple YouTube tutorial can give your old clothes a new life.
If you have explored all other options, recycling would be the last one on the list – some great places to check out are Patagonia, North Face, and H&M. They have in-store recycling programs. Or google what places do in-store recycling in your area.