The Ultimate List Of Recycled Dresses Made From Materials Found In Garbage, Results Are Astounding

As more and more people become aware of the consequences of our actions on the environment, the fashion industry is not staying behind either. In the recent years, there has been a boom of dresses made from trash that appeared everywhere. Today we are going to have a look at some of these ideas and see how important recycling is.

Dresses Made from Trash to Inspire You

1. Tin Foil Dress

It may not be the most comfortable material in the world, but it sure helps you recycle. A tin foil dress can become perfect for a place or time you want to stand out. Naturally, you can combine it with other (recyclable) materials as well, such as paper, plastic or cardboard. For example, you can use cardboard to make a tougher base for a crinoline, if you want to go extra.

2. Newspaper Dress

Most likely you’ve heard about this type of dress before. It’s not hard to do it and it will look very interesting. The best part is that you can use as many newspapers as you want for it. If you want a lighter dress, you can choose to show only the white parts of the papers. At the same time, if you want to stand out from other dresses made of trash, you can choose the black parts. Pro tip: a half-white, half-black dress would be even more original. Just make sure that the newspapers are secured in place.

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3. Money Dress

Though we clearly don’t recommend using your money for this dress, it can be a good idea. For example, if certain bills are ruled out or your country switches to a new currency. Instead of throwing them away, you could use them for making an exquisite dress. The best part is that you will obtain an imposing dress, with all the bills hanging around.

4. Condom Dress

This idea has been put into practice before. Though not many people seem to be fans of it, it is definitely a good idea for the environment. All the latex and plastic used for condoms can be dangerous if discarded in the wrong place. And since most countries still have issues with recycling, it’s great to use the condoms for a purpose instead of polluting. They can be used for various patterns and are available in a variety of colors.

5. Plastic Bag Dress

A plastic bag dress is easier to make since everybody has plastic bags lying around. The easiest way to do it is to cut the bags in square or round shapes and to layer them. You can glue them together or even staple them. It’s a material you can easily find everywhere, so that should be the least of your concerns. Make sure you use clean plastic bags if you decide to give it a go.

6. Packages

Whether you choose plastic or paper packages and wrappings, you will surely contribute to recycling. Ramen packages or Subway paper bags can be great materials. They should be clean and look pretty. The best part is that you can play around with colors. You can either choose a one-color dress (yellow, red, white) or combine them. For an extra effect, spray them with colorful paint. Choose silver or gold if you want an elegant touch.

7. Can Dress

Close to being an inspirational dress, a can one recycles plenty of aluminum or other materials. People use to drink lots of cans of soda, milk, tea, etc. If you cut them to the right sizes and put them together, you may end up with a pretty dress. An eclectic look is easy to obtain since you should just mix them together. However, just like with the other dresses, you can focus on just one color (for instance, gather red Coca-Cola cans).

8. Keyboard Dress

Do you have an old keyboard lying around the house? If so, you could recycle the plastic in it by making a dress with the keys. Of course, you would need a different underlying layer, either fabric or newspaper, as we mentioned above. It’s one of the most stylish dresses made from trash, plus it’s not hard to make.

9. Balloon Dress

After your birthday party is over, why not reuse the balloons you had? Balloons are a great idea for dresses made of trash. For this dress, it’s better if you have elongated balloons instead of round ones, but any would do. Fill them up and then glue them together around the dress. You can even use some that aren’t filled with anything. And speaking of which, if you want to be more original, you can add confetti or glitter inside the balloons.

10. Lotion Containers

Everybody has at least a couple of lotion containers lying around. Clean them well and cut out the flat parts of them. You can take off the labels or not, depending on what you want the result to look like. If you love a certain series of products, you can only focus on them or vary the products. It is recommendable to use another base, such as paper, tin foil or balloons.

11. Used Tea Bags

Another one of the best dresses made of trash that help you recycle is the one made of used tea bags. The material they are made of can be easily sewn together, so you can take advantage of your great and original dress. The spots on them can lend the dress a vintage air, for example. Depending on your wishes, you can either empty them or not.


These dresses made from trash are great ideas if you care about the environment. They are good examples of how you can reuse whatever you have handy to create new, beautiful things. Of course, not everybody would wear them, but you should if you want to make a statement about our environment. At the same time, you can combine various of the ideas presented above and customize them as you wish.

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William E. Eubanks

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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