Admit it, who’s thrown away a pair of black jeans just because they’ve lost their colour?

So many of us can admit to being guilty of this!

Black jeans are a staple item of every fashionista’s wardrobe, they can be dressed up, or dressed down. Let’s be honest, they are really damn comfy and look great with pretty much everything. However, they are one of the worst for fading from wearings and washings and many pairs often lose their colour after only a few months – meaning that they become undesirable pretty quickly.

The worst part is, the production process of making a pair of jeans is really harmful to the environment. To make just one pair of jeans, over 1,500 gallons of water is needed. Plus, cotton crops are often coated in pesticides and the dyes used to colour the fibres are usually toxic.

This is truly awful when you consider their really short life-span. Black jeans are discarded and thrown into landfill often when they are still in a wearable condition but have just lost their colour.

However, it doesn’t need to be this way as re-dying your jeans back to their original colour is super easy to do!

Here at Revival Collective we have created a step-by-step guide to how to revive your old jeans, extend their life-span and reduce your footprint as well as save the pennies.

Re-Dying your Jeans

I’ve had this pair of high wasted skinny black jeans for a little while and I absolutely love the fit of them! But they’ve started to go grey which is really annoying because they no longer look smart. However, after making a pact with myself to be more conscious when it comes to fashion I was determined to find an alternative to throwing them away and just buying a new pair.

After some research, I decided to go with Dylon dye to put some life back into my jeans. Dylon is a fibre reactive dye which means the colour should last for good amount of time as the dye reacts to the fibres in a chemical reaction. The small amounts of dye you use for the jeans are safe to go down the drain and have minimal impact on the environment. Dylon is also really easy to use! I went for the handwash dye but there is a machine version which is even easier!

What you need:

  1. 250g of table salt
  2. 1 or 2 packets of dye depending on weight of Jeans
  3. Water
  4. Bucket
  5. Scales
  6. Jug

Step 1

Rinse Jeans thoroughly and leave damp

Step 2

Dissolve dye in 500ml of water

Step 3

Fill bucket with 6 litres of water. Add 250g of salt and the dissolved dye and stir well

Step 4

Submurge the fabric in the water. Stir for 15 mins, and stir regularly for another 45 mins


Step 5

Rinse fabric in cold water then wash in warm water until the water runs clear.

Step 6

Leave to dry and there you have it, as good as new!


Remember: Wash separately from other items for the first few washes to prevent colour running and staining other clothes

Let us know how you get on by tweeting us @revival_collect

Conscious tip: If your jeans really can’t be saved, then look out for organic cotton jeans – or why not try second hand vintage or charity shops?

Also, look out for our blog post on conscious denim jeans coming soon!