Despite the mountain of clothes, I constantly update my shopping cart because I get bored of my wardrobe really quickly. While retail therapy is a good stress remedy for my soul, it isn’t great for my wallet – or our environment for that matter.
According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), in 2020 alone, Singapore produced 137 tonnes of textile and leather waste, but only six tonnes of this were recycled — that’s a massive amount of waste for such a small country.
Therefore, apart from thrift shopping, I’ve been sussing out more sustainable ways to satiate my desire for new things, and this includes upcycling my old clothes.
Being a total newbie at upcycling, I decided to consult my best friend — YouTube.
Hours later, armed with my newfound knowledge, I attempted to upcycle a few pieces of old clothes and put together a three-piece outfit consisting of a top, jacket and skirt.