Grace Robinson, 52, from Cambridgeshire, England, takes used tea bags and sews them into fashionable dresses, shoes and accessories.
Grace has been drinking tea for most of her life and sheβ€™s been
recycling used tea bags
for over 10 years now. The process is quite simple: she drinks tea every day, saves the tea bags and lets them dry naturally with the tea leaves inside. Once theyβ€™ve dried, the designer empties them and sews them into whatever clothing item she likes. The color of this unusual fabric varies depending on how long she lets the tea brew.
For many years, Grace Robinson only used the tea bags from the tea she drank herself, but now some of her friends save their tea bags for her, which the designer says is wonderful because she can work a lot faster. A dress can take several months to finish, so she needs all the help she can get.
Grace Robinsonβ€™s tea bag fashion collection gained a lot of popularity after she auditioned for Britainβ€™s Got Talent, dressed in one of her creations. The judges were impressed with how good it looked and she managed to get under the presentersβ€™ skins by offering them ties made from used tea bags. So far she has made dresses, various types of shoes, hand bags and even hats.