This etsy artisan has been getting a ton of recognition; New York Daily News, Bust Magazine, Daily Candy, among others. She was also the 2007 winner of Fred Flare's "Next Big Thing" contest. Check out her shop and you will see why I love, love, LOVE this gals work.
An excerpt from her shop profile reads:
I have been making reconstructed clothing for many years now. The majority of my clothing is made from recycled or second-hand fabrics. Although, if I REALLY fall in love with a new fabric, I'll use it. What does recycled or second-hand fabric mean?
It means that either I am using fabric from a previously worn garment to create a new garment, or that I am using fabric that I purchased second-hand from a thrift store, church sale, or charity shop. In total, I spend about a full day each week scouring thrift stores looking for the best quality fabrics and garments! Yes, this is time consuming and of course it’s easier to go to the fabric store and get everything in one place, but I’m committed to creating less waste whenever possible.
By buying my materials second-hand, I am able to obtain unique and high quality fabrics without the need for new fabrics. Did you know that growing enough cotton for one t-shirt requires over 200 gallons of water? Not to mention all of the chemicals that are needed to process and bleach the cotton! Did you know that nylon and polyester are petroleum-based fabrics? Eep, so scary! By buying these products we are inevitably supporting companies that are deteriorating our ecosystem, and that’s not fun. I’m not perfect, but I try to be as “green” as possible in my professional, as well as my personal life. Here are a few things I do:
-All fabrics and laundry are washed in a high efficiency washing machine (less water, less energy) using biodegradable laundry detergent.
--Scraps left over from sewing are turned into “cat pillows” which are then given to friends or donated to animal shelters. The really tiny scraps (those of you with sergers know these) are used as the “stuffing” for the cat pillows.
-All orders are shipped in envelopes that are made from recycled paper. The clothing is usually wrapped in a piece of tissue paper. These are recyclable.
-I either walk or bike to the post office to mail out your goodies.
Amazing craftsmanship and environmental consciousness, what else could you ask for?