I’m not going to buy zero waste hair bands when I can easily upcycle old clothing to make some.
I know I keep saying it, but I really enjoy applying circular economy principles in my home! Small daily decisions that reduce the use of virgin resources, optimize resources and minimise waste can make a difference to our planet, reduce our reliance on money, and involve some creativity.
By upcycling our old clothing into hair bands I have completely removed the environmental impacts of taking virgin resources for the manufacture, packaging and distribution of new hair bands and I’m making the resources that went into my clothing go further by using the materials beyond their intended lifespan. This reduces waste in many more ways than just managing the end of life of product.
Here’s a little video (40seconds) I made to show you how to turn old socks, tights, and stockings into hair bands. It could not be easier!
Some other things you could do to make hair bands from clothing include disassembling old garments to reuse the fabric, yarn and elastic that went into making them.
Elastic pieces can simply be cut to size and knotted or stitched together to make hair bands, yarn could be knitted or crocheted into hair bands (do some googling for patterns), and fabric can be used with elastic to make a scrunchy! Who else made those when they were kids?!
Unfortunately, the hair bands described cannot be recycled or composted at the end of their life (except for fabric and yarn made from natural materials), but then neither can most hair bands. So if you need them, making them from your waste is very sustainable. If you don’t have suitable materials to upcycle, then consider a visit to your local opportunity shop before purchasing new zero waste hair ties like these.