Archive for July, 2009

When we clean and purge our closets, I recommend that my clients donate or consign many of the items they no longer wear. In many cases older denim jeans and sneakers are simply too worn to fall in either of those categories. I found a few GREAT WAYS to RECYCLE these items. It IMPORTANT to do as much as we can to save the environment.

Here are a few tips on how to recycle them:

  • The back pocket of the jean can be cut (the entire section) and then sewn on the front of a pillow. This is easy to do and creates a fun pocket perfect for the tooth fairy or little love notes.
  • If you use cloth diapers, denim is a nice thick diaper cover.
  • Cut off the old pockets and sew them onto reusable grocery bags. They become nice holders for small items while you shop.
  • Strips of denim can be cut and tied around a bottle of wine or to make decorative ornaments.

Here are a few tips to recycle them:

  • Check out Nike’s REUSE A SHOE – a program that after use recycles EVERY part of the sneaker to make playground materials.
  • Donate your old Kenneth Cole shoes and receive a 20% discount.
  • If the laces are in good condition – wash them and keep them as spares.
  • Other great shoe recycling websites – souls4souls and recycled runners.

ENJOY ! I hope you learned a few valuable tips!


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