Your Green Life: "Eco-Chic"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Hopefully by now you have finished your spring cleaning, and if you have, there are likely boxes of old clothing to get rid of.

This leads into the summer season and the kick–off of city garage sales.

Buying your used stuff is vital for the success of one Northland business as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

"Face it... T–Shirts are not always particularly fashionable," laughed Anita Stech, owner of Cut Loose Creations, LLC.

It's why they're common at rummage sales, but usually the last to be sold... unless Anita Stech turns up to give them a stylish second chance before they get sent to the landfill.

It an important process in the production of clothing at Cut–Loose Creations.

"I'm really proud to be involved in an environmentally friendly business," declared Stech. And, needlework ran in the family. "I sewed for my three daughters, and I sewed all their clothes until that became, 'Not Cool!' [LAUGHTER] 'Not Cool' to them. My mom was a seamstress, my grandmother, aunts were seamstresses, and I just started sewing because it was a way to make things just the way you wanted them."

But the inspiration came from Europe.

"We walked into a little boutique there, and it was filled with basically T–Shirts that had been made into different fashion styles and I walked out of there and said I can do that," said Stech.

Two years, thousands of T–Shirts, and hundreds of finger pricks later, Cut Loose Creations established itself as a business creating one–of–a–kind skirts, shirts, bags, and bibs from recycling cotton T–Shirts while leaving next to nothing in the waste basket.

"It's a fun way to be green." added Stech.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.