Through out my life my Mom has talked about how when she was growing up her family would reuse old clothes to patch jackets or even make new clothes. Sewing was a big part of what the family did. It’s just what people did when they didn’t have a lot of money, and also when the clothes that you were purchasing cost more then they do now. Today things have changed and it has become much easier to just throw away clothes as the cost of buying new clothing is quite inexpensive (unless you are buying designer clothing and if that’s the case I’d encourage you to read No Logo).

There are heaps of ethics associated with how cheap clothing is these days (see sweatshops), but my point is more the recognition of the fact that there is still plenty of use with the clothing that we do throw away. I feel a sense of responsibility to really use all parts of the clothing I purchase in as many ways as I can because so much energy goes into creating that for me in the first place.

Almost a week ago I was getting ready to leave the Permaforest Trust and had to go through my room figuring out what was worth keeping, throwing out, and saving. One of my pairs of work pants was quite trashed (massive hole in the bum that couldn’t be repaired unless I had a bed sheet to fill the hole). It just suddenly dawned on me…

Why not harvest (like seed saving) all the things that can be saved off the pants?

Mark So while figuring out all the buttons & pockets (front and back) that I could keep I remembered that my rad friend Mark had created a bag out of a pair of pants that were pretty much in the same shape as mine. (I solely have Mark to thank for my new rad bag that people keep saying is to cool for school).So then I figured out a pattern within the pants to actually make a bag from an old pair of cargo pants. The cool bit being that it turns out to fit quite well around my next and hang at the right height!You can only get one bag out of each pair of pants but the other pockets (front and back and buttons) can be saved for little storage bags if you are keen.
My Main Man Mark

Cargo Design

If you look at the design pattern I’ve created you can see how to create your own bag. You’d think that by cutting it out this way it wouldn’t work but it does actually. I’m using all the other pockets to store other things in including a back pocket with a button for my crapPod.

I find it pretty interesting that society has gone from knowing this survival skills of conserving everything have to actually using more because it’s available. I constantly feel a strong sense to reuse, reuse, and reuse more to ensure that I’m reducing my footprint on the planet and creating unique solutions to things I need. Plus I’ve now had a few people say they thought my bag was rad and that I could probably sell those at markets…

Anyone have old pairs of cargo’s they can’t repair? Thrift stores need not apply.Cargo back

Hope life out there is treating you well.

PEACE,

Shane

Me bag

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