Where are all of the compostable clothes?
The ones that are worn year after year till they are tattered and torn, patched and stitched, that are lovingly worn because they were made by hands and hearts that cared.
Handknit sweaters, crocheted hats, socks, pants that were made with all natural materials because material purity mattered as well as care for the environment and protection of sensitive skin that was to be clothed…
If you want to wear handmade items you either have to make them yourself or commission them to be done.
The benefits of sustainable clothing:
- you know the natural materials that went into the garment
- you know the dyes (if any) that were used
- you know the maker, the creator and the mender
- you support individuals and families rather than stores and corporations
- you support the growth of local raw materials
- you can compost natural materials at the end of their use
- you can embrace eco-minimalism
When items aren’t ready for the compost pile just yet, we must question what is the best place for a crocheted hat made from handspun naturally colored merino wool plied with organic cotton yarn?
There are plenty of used clothing shops around us where you buy clothing by weight, which makes one question – for what reason, why, how???
Our wardrobes are small, so we take care of all that we wear and try to look fashionable doing so. Perhaps second-hand sustainable clothing has a future in giving items away to those that need and appreciate the love (for the unique individual as well the sustained environmental ethics) that went inside.
Csermely is growing and she has a new hat! Her old one is perfectly used and washed in 100% biodegradable soap, but it would be a shame to throw it on the compost pile in such great condition, so we are giving it away to whomever has a child, neighbor, friend, etc. who would appreciate it.
Suited for either a boy or a girl, here are before and after pictures of the crocheted handspun wool and organic cotton hat (weighs 80 grams and fits a 41 cm (16″) head):
In the spirit of the moment we are also giving away one copy of Roland’s one-rope sandal stitch-by-stitch tutorial…
2 winners will be chosen by Csermely at random from her new hat – 1 winner for her former head cover (open internationally – we ship anywhere in the world) and 1 winner for the rope sandal pattern (sent as a 26 page pdf file).
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and let us know which one – or both! – that you are interested in. Please share in any way that you can on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, email or the like. You can share even if you don’t enter yourself!
We will pick a winner next week on Monday the 14th so start commenting today!
Congrats to Brenda and JennaPow, we will be sending the gifts off your way soon!