Okay, so karma kissed you and yet again the tacos filling landed all over your white t-shirt? You’ve tried several stain removal methods but nothing seems to work on this stubborn salsa? One way to deal with it is just throwing away the ruined cloth, however, it’s a wasteful choice. Instead, try to figure out how to give the item a second life.
Drop the “I will just buy a new one” attitude
When I talk with older people about their clothing habits, I am literally mindblown. Previous generations seemed to cherish clothes much more than we do and made sure that each garment had its the maximum lifespan. I still have in my head the image of grandma sitting in her favorite chair, patiently darning socks. Who would even bother nowadays!
Times have changed. Fast fashion companies keep making their best to convince consumers to buy more, more often and do not get attached to the clothes. It’s a norm now, that people are buying cheap garments in bulk. If the piece gets slightly damaged, they simply throw it away.
Stained doesn’t mean useless
Your cloth is not only a fashion garment. It’s also a valuable fabric, that has been produced with an incredible amount of water, waste and pollution. Before throwing it away, think twice how you can repair or reuse it. Hole in the sweater can be stitched and an old t-shirt can become a shopping bag.
How my ordinary jacket became one of the kind
In the summer, I’ve found a really nice jeans jacket in the thrift store. It was instant love. The sleeves were a bit too short, but later I realized it’s because the jacket comes from the kids’ collection.
After a few washes, I’ve noticed a weird stain on the back of the jacket. First, I’ve tried to get rid of it using stain removers etc. nothing worked…I was furious. Then, the denial phase happened. I shamelessly wore it to the office as nothing happened:
“Joanna, you have a stain on your jacket”
“Oh nooo, nooo way?! How is it possible that I haven’t noticed it at home!? ” – I faked the shocked face each time someone approached me about it.
Boah! It was frustrating and I was able to pull it off only once. Next step was accepting, that my jacket is destroyed. I threw it in the closet as I had no idea for fixing it.
A month later a friend visited me and she brought some clothes for my DIY projects. I immediately spotted a pink T-shirt with an awesome print. That was it – I recalled my teenager punk phase (back when patches on the jackets were cool) and I had an idea ready!
So if the accident happens and your garment gets destroyed – do not throw it away immediately, try to find some smart* way of reclaiming, repurposing, upcycling or downcycling the remaining fabric.
*If you think you cannot do it because you are not creative – it’s not an excuse. Nowadays with the use of Instagram and Pinterest, everyone can do super nice stuff – all you need is being a bit handy.