There's nothing better than a closet purge. Sifting through the duds and landing on a wardrobe that speaks to the person you are—or the one you want to become—is a pretty empowering process. It leaves you with a sense of achievement, a cleaner space, a more distinct style...and a big ol' pile of clothes you need to figure out what to do with.
While we all know that giving gently used clothes to charity is an amazing option, there are times when items are too worn down to pass onto someone else. In these cases, the trashcan is the last place you should head, since up to 95% of discarded clothes can actually be recycled into something new.
By repurposing an item of old clothing, you're keeping it out of the landfill and honoring the natural resources that went into it. (It takes 700 gallons of water to produce a cotton t-shirt alone!) But not all of us are DIY-ers who know how to repurpose old clothes into new items, and we can only use so many rags cut out of old gym sweats. Thankfully, eco-conscious brands are kickstarting a movement of take-back and repair programs that make it easy, and fun, to breathe new life into old clothes.