It's a wardrobe basic but your staple simple white tee and jeans look is having a greater impact than a fashion statement. As tempting as those $6 cheapies are, their environmental impact is bigger than you think. It takes approximately 2,700L of water to produce one single cotton tee, not to mention the impact from toxic chemicals and shipping from overseas.
Just 18% of clothing is recycled with Australia sending a whopping $500 million worth of clothing to the tip each year. So how can you get the best bang for your buck and reuse your old t-shirts.
Rag about it
Cut the cost of cleaning cloth and chop up your old clothes into rags. You can make them into all different sizes, I prefer using mine for cleaning the bathroom!
Give your old tees the snip and create a magnificent wall-hanging or rug like this one. They are more simple to make than you think, swipe left to find out how to make one of your own.
Bag a tee
Upcycle an old singlet and snip off your sleeves and sew across the bottom to create the perfect reusable bag.
So there you have it! Three simple ways to give your old t-shirts a second life!
Hang your plants
Cut your shirts into long strips, tie them together and hold your favourite hanging plants with style.