The fashion industry has long been associated with significant environmental damage, and the production of jeans is no exception. From the excessive water consumption to the use of toxic chemicals and high energy consumption in the dyeing and distressing processes, the impact of your favorite jeans on the environment is often overlooked.
To make matters worse, the inclusion of new washes, added stretch, and blended fibers in modern jeans often leads to faster wear and tear. Seams weaken, and rips occur, rendering them unwearable beyond a certain point. While repairing jeans is the ideal solution, it's not always feasible.
In an effort to breathe new life into unwanted denim, we have embarked on a journey of creativity by collecting discarded jeans from our friends and neighbors. We believe in reimagining these jeans and transforming them into unique creations. Here are some of the ways we repurpose old jeans:
We deconstruct the jeans we salvage and use the legs as fabric to make tote bags, clutch purses. The varying wash colors are harmoniously combined in patchwork designs, with worn spots and tears either embraced as design elements or repaired. We repurpose inseams and waistbands as straps, and the pockets serve their original purpose.
Zippers find new life as key components in our jewelry. We pair them with leather, spikes, and grommets to craft edgy bracelets. Additionally, we repurpose zipper pulls, transforming them into one-of-a-kind earrings and unusual statement necklaces.
Even the smallest scraps of denim left after cutting out patterns can be transformed into boho-inspired "feather" earrings. We have recently been playing with bleach and dye! resulting in nature-inspired patterns that add a touch of uniqueness and an authentic feather look.
Embracing the summer heat, we create patchwork panels using various washes, transforming them into tie-back halter tops with a 90’s vibe.