Sewing is not only a fun, valuable hobby, but it also comes with many environmental benefits. By making your own clothing, you are reducing landfill waste, minimizing your contribution to labour exploitation in low-wage sweatshops, and ultimately, you can express your individuality through your unique garments.
Below are some tips to help reduce your impact on the environment while also sewing on a budget.
- Reuse fabric from clothing you already own.
- Purchase fabric from charity/thrift shops (curtains and bedding work great as fabric!).
- Salvage buttons, zippers, and closers from old clothing.
- Buy dead stock fabric from fabric mills or clothing brands as a sustainable alternative to buying new fabric.
- Use compostable, natural fibre threads.
- Mend clothing with minor imperfections—usually holes, stains, tears—to prolong their life (visible mending makes a powerful statement about your values).