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We have curated a list of books on upcycling that cover different upcycling, re-working, re-using ideas. These upcycling books are a great resource for anyone who's looking to give their old, discarded products and garments a new and contemporary life.

Go Recreate by Linnea Larsson

  

Go Recreate by Linnea Larsson

Linnea Larsson tells you how to re-use your old clothes and sew children's clothes out of them. The book lists 35 projects with stylish clothes to sew for the baby and the little child 0-2 years, among them missing a pair of jeans, a washed-out shirt, wool socks of a shrunk sweater and pajamas of an old Bruce Springsteen t-shirt.

The book is available in Swedish, Norwegian, German, Finnish and Dutch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh

Mending Matters by 

Katrina Rodabaugh

 

Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold—but draw on traditional stitching. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refashioned by Sass Brown

 

 

Refashioned by Sass Brown 

ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Visible Mending by Jenny Wilding Cardon

 This book will tell you what to do with that rip in your jeans or the snag in your sweater. They all present an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity! With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that's half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items new life.



 

 

 

 

 

 

  

To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?

 An expose of the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, portraying current practice as inhumane and environmentally devastating. Siegle believes that, in spite of current problems, it is possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', and she sets out her ideas on how such a situation could be achieved."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wardrobe Crisisby Clare Press

 In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Rise & Resist by Clare Press 

 Rise & Resist takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. But today's context calls for increasingly creative strategies to make our voices heard. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets passionate change-makers who believe in the power of the positive. From eco warriors and zero wasters to knitting nannas, introvert craftivists to intersectional feminists, they're all up for a revolution of sorts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

 With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we’ve been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Refashion Handbook by Beth Huntington

 Take secondhand finds from frumpy to fabulous with a little help from Beth Huntington, a.k.a. the Renegade Seamstress. The Refashion Handbook contains 19 stylish projects, each showing you how to transform easy-to-find items into a better fit, a new design, or a radical makeover. Learn the basics of refashioning: how to measure, reshape, fit, and finish a garment, so it fits you perfectly. Plus size? Petite? No problem! Beth's designs flatter a wide variety of sizes and body types. Her easy techniques are fun for even beginning sewists. You'll love creating your own secondhand chic!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slave to fashion by Safia Minney

Fair trade and sustainable fashion expert Safia Minney draws on her extensive knowledge and personal experience to call attention to the human hardship that goes hand-in-hand with producing our clothes, and highlights what governments, business leaders, and consumers can do to call time on this unnecessary suffering.

Through interviews with men, women and children caught in the clutches of fast fashion, Slave to Fashion both celebrates the many initiatives that are taking place in order to put an end to human hardship and reveals what more needs to be done.