In The Age Of Fast Fashion, How To Make Your Clothes And Jewellery Go The Distance

Did you know that nearly 85% of our clothes end up being burned or in landfills, along with millions of tonnes of discarded costume jewellery? To make matters worse, retailers are churning out thousands of new designs of cheaply made, poor quality clothes every single day. This creates a tremendous burden on our planet, all in the name of fashion


So, what can we do to prevent it? There are several things we should learn and do to prolong the life of our belongings and to be more sustainable in our choices.

Glue is your best friend

glue gun

There isn’t much that a good superglue can’t do. When it comes to extending the life of your clothing or jewellery, it is essential to have an excellent multipurpose glue in your toolkit. It can fasten soles back to shoes or stones back into necklaces or rings - particularly until a more permanent solution can be found. Most times, it can provide a quick fix to prevent further damage.

It can also be used as a long-term solution in making jewellery and attaching embellishments to leather, PVC, plastic, and various other fabrics. Just make sure you have a good quality glue removal product on hand to help you unstick your fingers. Even the most careful craftsperson can end up with fingers stuck together or patches of glue on the skin, so it is helpful to learn how to remove glue with lemon juice, soap, or even olive oil as well.

Find a good seamstress

Finding a good seamstress is like finding a BFF. They are scarce, and when you finally find one, you must do your best to never let them go. An excellent seamstress should understand you and your style and be able to work with your ideas easily.

For example, if you want to revamp curtains or a suit, design a pattern from a drawing, or realise any other ideas, they should be able to carry it off without a hitch. A good seamstress doesn’t have to mean the most expensive one, either. There are options for every budget and style; you just might need to shop around until you find the perfect fit.

Get ready to reimagine


When it comes to your old clothes and jewellery, the only limit to reinventing them is your imagination. Even old-fashioned or out-of-style items can be revitalised with a bit of vision. There are plenty of places where you can get inspired, such as fashion magazines, online influencers on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, and through sites such as Pinterest and Etsy.

Here you can find entire channels dedicated to upcycling, mending, revitalising and transforming every kind of clothing, jewellery, or piece of furniture. For those lacking imagination, there is quite literally an endless supply of resources that can ignite the spark.

Commit to throwing nothing away

One of the best ways to get into the mindset of making the best of your items is by committing never to throw anything away. When something becomes too small, too big, a bit worn, or out of style, first see how you can jazz it up. Using some of the methods mentioned here, you can often completely transform items to bring them up to date and give them a new lease on life.

Where you cannot, give them away to friends or family or donate them to those in need. Someone else's trash is another person's treasure, and by passing items on, you can decrease the number of items going into landfills.

Almost everything you own can be saved or repurposed, be it clothing, jewellery, or furniture. This can provide us with a lot of satisfaction through the developing of a new hobby, as well as saving us money. By extending the life of our items, we can also contribute to saving the environment and reducing volumes in landfills- which can only ever be a good thing.

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