By Jessie Stracener
I’m jumping on the “going green” bandwagon by employing “responsible crafting”, or “eco-crafting” in my life. Let me explain…
Many of us put the effort into recycling because it’s pretty simple to take the recycling to the curb on trash day. If you are anything like me you pat yourself on the back just a little for doing this because it’s a tangible way to see how we are helping save the world. Most people from my generation who watched Captain Planet as a child has that wonderful spark of global responsibility and takes pride in it.
Now, if we can do all of that, then we can apply those same principles to other parts of our lives, specifically our passions. In my case that passion is crafting. I am just now spreading my crafter wings and trying new things. That being the case, I am trying to develop good, sustainable habits that conform to my core principles. On the practical side, what that means is that I rarely (as in next to never) buy brand new fabric. There are so many remnants, fragments, and forgotten pieces in closets, attics, storage spaces, thrift stores, and on that hideous skirt that no one will ever wear the way it looks right now that I just can’t justify not finding a use for. People throw clothing and remnants away all the time, even with perfectly convenient Good Will drop boxes in proximity.
(Note: Sure, I may not know where that remnant, fragment, or old skirt has been, but I do know that if I wash something with hot water and soap a couple of times, no matter where it has been, it will be practically like new.)
This principle applies to other crafts as well. Anything that was old can be like new again. That is what decoupage is for. The next time you are throwing something out, pause for just a second and think about what it could be. What glorious new life could you bring to that item you previously thought of as trash? That ratty old t-shirt that you once loved can be a purse liner, or a headband, or a scarf, or a throw rug, or someone might want to make it into yarn. Even toilet paper rolls can be anything! There are literally thousands of blogs and Pinterest articles about green crafts or recycled crafts or making just about anything old into something glorious. Go forth and do something crafty this weekend. I plan to.
I am a happily married 24-year-old woman living in the heart of the south. By day I work primarily with children or doing some sort of clerical work. I’m an ace with excel spreadsheets and bandaging “boo boos”. I’ve had nearly every job you could think of and I have enjoyed most of them, from working at a museum, library, Microbiology lab, and a Music studio to being a birthday clown, a tutor, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love to sew, cross stitch, embroider, and work with beads and wire to make awesome trees. I will try crafting anything at least once. I also love to read. I will read nearly anything. I also like to cook when I have the time.