COMMERCE, Calif. — Paying attention that her picture captures every detail of the mannequin she just dressed, Yvette Mationg is also ensuring that her second chance at a better life doesn’t go to waste.

Mationg is now a trainee for Homeboy Threads — the newest business venture of Homeboy Industries — which specializes in upcycled clothing.

Its garments are made from pre-existing materials such as vintage or secondhand clothing, scraps or fabric remnants.

Not only does upcycling help address the environmental challenges associated with fast fashion, but it promotes conscious consumerism.