Or am I "recycling" when I take an old shirt or clothing item and turn it into a quilt?
Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production.Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.*
Maybe it is that I am "reclaiming" the fabric when I turn a old clothing item into a quilt?
re·claim tr.v. re·claimed, re·claim·ing, re·claims
1. To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use, as cultivation or habitation: reclaim marshlands; reclaim strip-mined land.
2. To procure (usable substance2s) from refuse or waste products.*
1. To break down into components; dismantle.*
- Cut apart the Blue Patchwork Shorts and several denim shirts.
- Rotary cut the shorts into squares of assorted sizes from 2 inches to 4 inches square.
- Rotary cut the denim shirts into strips 2 1/2 inches wide with the remaining strips in smaller sizes.
- Then I stitch the strips around the blocks to form larger blocks.
- Assemble the blocks together to create a quilt top.
- Quilt it and bind it, thus resulting in a one of a kind "Up Cycled Quilt".
Stay tuned for more up cycling quilt projects - "Up Cycle This"
*Definitions from Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia And The Free Dictionary by Farlex
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