For my graphic novel, “Staff Trash: A Time Traveler’s Information to Sustainability,” I discovered a variety of compelling historical past about clothes. A recurring theme (notably earlier than the Industrial Revolution) was the reuse of supplies. A pair of woolen trousers might be remade right into a shirt, then a hat, the scraps from the hat damaged all the way down to be woven again into yarn (the shoddy technique, additionally known as “salvage”) and so forth. Evaluate this with right this moment, the place, in keeping with the Environmental Safety Company, the typical U.S. client throws away 81.5 kilos of clothes yearly.