3 ways sewing can help the planet

A few days ago I woke to the news that the UK recycling program is going to suffer due to China banning importing plastic waste for recycling. It shocked me to find out that the UK ships 55% of paper and 25% of plastic to China to deal with. For 25 years I have been adding to that problem and my waste has been part of that percentage.

I’ve been thinking of how I can reduce my waste through crafting and I’ve come up with 3 ways sewing can help save the planet.

1. Avoid buying food in plastic packaging.

Leftover fabric is perfect for making little bags to carry your veg home from the market. Obviously it will be tricky to cut out all plastic packaging but using homemade bags where you can will go someway to reducing the amount of plastic thrown away.

2. Salvage and repurpose old clothes.

Whether that is the fastening, the lining, or the fabric something is always worth saving. Don’t think the fabric is good enough to salvage? Keep an eye on my blog next weekend and I’ll show you how you can repurpose any old bit of fabric!

3. If you can make it, don’t buy it!

If you are a crafter I’m sure you will agree with me that you value the items you made so much more than those you buy. This year I’m going to try not to buy anything I can make… (unless someone else has handmade it of course!). This mainly applies to clothes but can apply to pre-made meals and all sorts of other things too.

I hope you’ve found this post useful, or at least thought-provoking. I’m very committed to reducing my waste in more ways than these so if you have any tips then please do share them in the comments!

Alice-May x

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  1. February 12, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I’m good at repairs and alterations, but it’s always by hand and not always successful. I’ve just discovered a tialor down the road who is really, good, efficient and reasonably priced. This is North Cyprus where prices are much lower than in Western countries, so I’m going through a heap of clothes for him to alter for me in an affordable way. If my trousers have a hole, I cover it with a sew-one patch – flowers on my current pair of trousers. I have a bright red flower stitched onto a black t-shirt, a flower stitched over a stain on a dress, and a peacock stitched onto a grey jumper to cheer it up. I find sewing by hand like this very meditative and relaxing. Plus my dogs love supervising!

    • February 14, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Using patches to cover imperfections in clothes is such a great idea! I’ll have to stock up on patches for all those times I drop food down me (being a fully grown adult with no spacial awareness is not the easiest!)

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