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10 Ways to Upcycle An Old T-Shirt


Green Lifestyle  (tags: clothing, conservation, CoolStuff, eco-friendly, family, green, home, humans, recycling, sustainable, world )

Kathy
- 542 days ago - mnn.com
T-shirts come and go (but it seems like most never leave). So what to do with that growing mountain of shirts you can't seem to get rid of? Consider "upcycling" or repurposing.



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Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 6:31 am
Great post, I actually just made a mop head the other day and hey don't forget when you are short of a pillow case (i.e. you just moved and cannot find any sheets) you can always place a tshirt around the pillow for the night, it holds pretty good. :o)
 

Tania Koshman (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:14 am
noted. very usefull info) thank you!
 

Michael M. (58)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:51 am
It takes from 565 gallons of water to possibly over 700 gallons to create a single t-shirt.

Cotton, wearing out easily, is not the best clothing investment.

Here in rain country, cotton is the worst possible choice for cliothing, although most people choose useless levis and other outdoor wear of cotton.
Mountaineers and hikers know well the dictum:

"Cotton kills."

Due to the absorption of water, causing increased heat loss from the body.

Cotton production has impoverished and taken most of the water from the valleys of the Indus, the lower Nile, and in California, uses more water than the city of Los Angeles. The US Southern Plains/Texas is a heavy drain on the diminishing Ogallala Aquifer to produce unsustainable cotton.
Drought-plagued Australia, and overindustrialized China are huge producers.

Monsanto's glyphosate/Roundup is applied heavily as over 62% of the world's cotton is Genetically Modified to stand high concentrations. This GM is integral to extinguishing wild species wherever cotton is grown.

Cotton kills, indeed.

The results include, but are NOT limited to:

starving migratory birds and the insects necessary to pollinate the world's flowering plants. Thus it causes local extinctions - many of you know that some beautiful and vital species only grow in tiny areas of the world.
Migratory birds MUST HAVE food and monocropping and herbicides deny both the seeds and insects that many need to survive. Much bird loss has occurred, causing a cascade of loss:
Every being is a vital part of Earthwide systems, helping to nourish every other being.
Human poisoning and arrogation of huge areas of land denies this give-and-take of life.

Humans have arrogated some 60% of the world's lands for their own exclusive use. This is morally and ethically wrong, because

Cotton Kills.

There is more information available on this crop so unsuitable for the semiarid areas in which it is commercially grown.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:14 pm
I'm wondering about the "break even point" of using ''family cloth'' toilet paper. I don't want to wash those things with my regular laundry, so....isn't paper more "green?"

Interesting ideas, though....thanks!
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:16 pm
That's good. Thanks.
 

Karen H. (4)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:27 pm
Learned something new
 

John Gregoire (257)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:20 am
Thnaks and special thanks to Michael for illuminating cotton.
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:16 am
ty
 
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