Despite all the mending and repairs, there comes a time when things reach the end of their life. This pair of The Duke’s trousers is a perfect example.
I have previously posted about patching them and while the patches have survived there is yet another worn patch lower down the leg. These are not accidental rips – the fabric is simply wearing out and they are getting quite thin in numerous places. Therefore, it has ceased to be worthwhile mending them any longer.
My initial thought was to throw them in the bin but then I realised that as well as being mindful when we are purchasing items we should also be responsible for them at the end of their useful life. Many garments are cut up for rags or tying up plants in the garden but these are suitable for neither.
I decided to remove the zip and button for possible future re-use and decided that since these trousers are cotton they could go in the compost.
This is my seam ripper which is identical to the one that I broke while removing the zip from the trousers. I am not sure why I had two of these but now there is only one. The broken one went in the rubbish bin.