Clothing + Fashion

Published on February 25th, 2008 | by Kelly Rand


Trending Green

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New online knitting mag MetaPostModernKnitting arrived on the internet last week with the fashion forward in mind. Complete with great patterns, blog and articles, MPMK is a welcome edition to the online world.

In their first issue, The Knitting Bully contemplates recycling as a fashion trend. The article questions the use of new clothing repurposed right out of the box, and marketed as “recycled,” and rightly so (take a look at that sweater/skirt.) Other outlays in the article are also easy to get behind; ensuring proper use of reclaimed materials and creating an end product that will be worn. But the larger question that isn’t as easy to get behind, is the premise that recycling is detrimental to style.

The Knitting Bully asks “…have we thought about what [recycling] is doing to our style?”

The answer is a million times, yes!

Crafters and DIYers have always repurposed clothing and used unlikely cast off materials in order to create one’s own look and style. It is one of the basic tenets of crafting and DIY. Fed up with mass produced, cookie cutter looks, hyped by big box stores, crafters have cut up, painted, sewed, knitted and printed our way into our own unique fabulous styles. And it has always been at the root of doing so.

Recycling and repurposing has pushed style in a good way. People are always amazed by that unique bag made of fused plastic or cute skirt from old t-shirts. These items are special and distinct and are not found at the mall. If this “trend” helps get the message out about the environment and the three R’s, then good.

Fashion does come and go and regardless of whether or not green will go out of style. I have no doubt that us crafters and DIYers will continue to recycle and repurpose our own look year after year. As the Knitting Bully points out, “Be true to yourself, your beliefs, and your style.”

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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.

One Response to Trending Green

  1. Kendra Holliday says:

    I am so excited about the new “persian style” rug I bought that is made out of plastic soda bottles! It’s a very cool reversable pattern.

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