Creating functional furnishings from recycled materials.

The apparel and textile industries, while creating clothes for fashion-hungry consumers, are also among the largest creators of waste. For example, according to city estimates,
remnant fabrics and used clothing in Los Angeles account for up to 10
percent of trash in landfills. Despite efforts by charitable
organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Goodwill, a
large amount of clothing ends up in landfills. What do charitable
organizations do with the clothing they can’t sell? Most often – items
are tossed into their dumpsters. And even though the manufacturing base
has contracted in recent years, the remaining apparel and textile
producers still account for a good percentage of textile waste.

fabric balls

Putting a pair of old jeans back into use as a rag rug rather than in the dump can save valuable resources. One company estimated that it takes as much as 8,000 liters of water to grow the cotton used for just one pair of
jeans. Instead of wasting the resources by placing spent jeans into
landfills, I reuse jeans by creating rag rugs establishing a new use for the once discarded textile.

Rag rugA cross between a rag rug and a mat, this design is perfect for entryways, bathrooms and kitchens. Standing on one in your bare feet will make you a believer – this rag rug
provides a wonderful foot massage.

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