These people can breathe life into pretty much anything:
out-of-fashion jeans, boring dresses,torn canvas totes and even car tyres.
My necklace was made of tyres, onion top, circles,so basically like this,you can touch it.
Dedication to sustainability and a bit of creativity can spice up any wardrobe.
This was originally a blanket from the thrift store and I bought it,
and I combined it into the clothes I already had at home,
so I made these into the three pockets like a cowboy.
29-68, thats the edge of my house right.Thats my brand.
Refashion is the joint initiative of the New York City Department of Sanitation and local fashion designers.
The main goal is to learn and teach other sustainability,
and the many ways to rethink and recycle what we already have,
and the most environmentally friendly way.
What were really trying to do here at the Department of Sanitation,
is connect the fashion industry and sort of young designers and talent,
and help them overcome our challenge of textile waste.
The challenge is indeed daunting according to the publication.
The balance an average American buys 60% more items of clothing every year,
and keeps them for about half as long as 15 years ago.
Charities and secondhand stores cant consume all the used clothing.
A giant amount goes to waste.
This lab just outside New York City turns used clothing into something new using only pure cotton items.
Buttons, zippers and synthetic inserts are carefully new.
A special solvent sinks the fabric structure,
and the special spinning wheel turns the resulting mass into new fiber.
This fiber was made from a hundred percent post-consumer cotton garment waste.
These are old t-shirts,socks that you think theres no value for.
We basically liquefied them and we turned them into a new fiber,
and we can take this fiber,spin it into yarn and make textiles.
Stella McCartney adidas and Levis,these big brands use such recycled fiber for wholly new collections.
Stella McCartney adidas和Levi’s，这些大品牌使用这种再生纤维来制做全新系列物。
Smaller brands also find ways to recycle gradable.
All the accessories that we have here were made from recycled materials.
So we have plastics,we have tyres,we have plastic bottles.
So buying used clothing has a lot of advantages, believes Isabel Varela.
She used to be a Shopaholic,but her passion caused her to have large debts.
Varela realized she was doing herself a disservice and started buying used items
Having a helpful relationship with clothing,
so we do need cozy and we do need a shop for basics,
but its behind it,its like go to thrift stores, swap shops,shop in your closet,it is the sea what we really have.
Reviewing, resoling, combining,this is the latest trend of the fashion industry.
And while some clothes may only be good for landfill,
many more are destined for a second chance in life.
Nina Vishneva, Anna Rice VOA news
VOA新闻记者Nina Vishneva, Anna Rice报道