A business shirt has a second life
By Judy Evans
February 24, 2018 2:40am CST
When we go out using the chain-saw or cleaning up rubbish, I always wear jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. This protects me a little from scratches and scrapes. Sometimes we will be loading branches onto the trailer then later dragging them off at the spot where they’ll be burnt. It’s easy to get scratches when doing this so I try to wear appropriate clothing. So today I borrowed one of Vince’s old business shirts to wear. It was one that had stains on the pocket from a leaky biro so it wasn’t one of his best ones. The trees we cut up today had been in a fire so we were both filthy by the time we finished. Although I’m smiling my brow is furrowed. We had just finished when the photo was taken and I was hot, itchy and starting to ache. But I’ll be right after a good sleep. So I’m wondering, if you have business shirts or blouses, are your old ones recycled at the end of their ‘professional’ life?
47 people like this
• Daytona Beach, Florida
I have had shirts that have become old and just comfortable for everyday wear and I have loved some flannel shirts that have worn out in the elbows and I make them into flannel short-sleeved shirts. I see by the photo that you have worked hard. Wish my surrounding looked like yours. Everything here is in ice and snow and we continue to be in the deep freeze.
• Gainesville, Florida
I always recycle old work shirts into "rags" to be used around the house for cleaning and such. Since I work for the government, and our work shirts have our city name and logo on them, we can't donate them to charity to help the needy, so we have to destroy old work shirts by either throwing them away or cutting them up into rags to be used for cleaning. Since I've been in my current job for over 15 years, I probably have close to 100 work shirts sitting in my closet, many of which I don't even wear anymore!
• Gainesville, Florida
@JudyEv I have a wonderful jacket from a previous employer that I've had tucked away in my closet for years. I pulled it out recently and decided to try and unpick the logo on it so that I can go have a new logo embroidered over the spot where the old logo was. It is tedious work because if you don't do it correctly you can ruin the clothing!
My dad wore a suit to work every day of his life working, so when he retired all his shirts were used by all of us when doing outside work. They are wonderful for saving our skin... You brought back a fun memory with that shirt photo...
@JudyEv You are very smart, my husband rarely had dress shirts so we didn't have them but my mother made wonderful aprons ( full body) that worked like a charm. My husband was a coach so shorts and t shirts were his work clothes.
I just discarded one of my beloved shirts. It was showing signs of discoloring It was sad to have to let it go. Maybe when one of the men that takes recycled materials come around, I will gift it to them. I make it a practice to buy new shirts every 6 months so I have lots of discarded shirts.