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What To Do With Old T-Shirts

I'm not sure what started this phenomenon, but for some reason T-shirts (that you will likely never wear) have become "prizes" at various events we attend. Sports games, marathons, charity events. These are examples of activities I've attended where I've received a T-shirt for FREE.


Then there are events where we purchase T-shirts as a form of memorabilia. Places you've been to, concerts you've seen, or my favorite...show T-shirts! No matter how you get yours, I am almost certain that you don't wear the majority of them. If you're like me, they sit in a drawer for years and years never touched.


When I finally started to embrace the idea of living with less, I had to start finding creative ways to get rid of my stuff. I have been selling a lot of my clothes which is great! I came to find that not many buyers want other people's old T-shirts. How can we keep them from ending up in a landfill, then?


My favorite upcycle of old clothing is this T-shirt quilt! I received it as a Christmas present last year and I am so happy with how it turned out. Not only did it keep 22 (!!!!) shirts from going to a landfill, it's something I use now on a daily basis!


This is just one of the many ways that you can stretch the length of your clothing's life. Another way to help T-shirts from going to a landfill is to stop accepting them! Just because it's free, doesn't mean you need it. This is something I'm really working on as a young, broke 24 year old. Free sounds awesome! But free isn't always environmentally friendly or useful in our lives.



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