Keep Your Old Clothes Out of Landfills With These Easy DIYs

Trisha Sprouse-Walker

More than 15 million tons of used textile waste ends up in landfills in the United States each year. Per household, the yearly environmental impact of buying and tossing clothing is equivalent to filling 1,000 bathtubs with water or the carbon emissions from driving an average car 6,000 miles. It’s too much. Plus, when you consider the money spent to purchase these clothes, tossing them away is literally like throwing your money in a landfill.

But what do you do when clothes no longer fit right, or get a little too damaged to wear? Turn jeans into stylish planters for your home, turn pantyhose into hair ties (you’re going to lose them, anyway), and turn T-shirts into head turbans or produce bags. Here’s how.