May 12, 2009

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle - Tips for Greener Crafting

Do you ever find yourself looking at a room with little crafty bits everywhere? Shipping supplies, wire, fabric, paper, tape. You could fill a trash can with the 'left overs' pretty quick I bet. OR you could change the way you think about scraps... and you might even find inspiration along the way. "Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle" is a tried and true mantra in the eco-conscious world that works with crafting too.

A great step is by reusing mailers and packaging materials that your supplies were shipped in. Michelle- reuses the poly bags her supplies are shipped in for jewelry chain catchers. Not only are you saving money, you are also doing a small part to keep the trash out of the landfill. For a little added cost you can purchase recyclable mailers or mailers that have been made from recycled paper. Choose cornstarch peanuts instead of Styrofoam, they dissolve instantly in water.

Reduce trash by keeping EVERYTHING. No, this doesn't mean you have to fill up every usable space with scraps that you will never use. Combat the clutter by staying organized. I personally use a row of plastic containers that I store in my "crafting closet," with everything from ribbon, hemp, twine, and fabric scraps to wrapping paper, scrap paper, packaging materials, and newspaper clippings. You can create many scraptastic things with what you collect and the more organized you are the easier the ideas will come. Janie-, and Heidi-, create cute gift packages with recycled paper and reused ribbon. Any scraps of hemp that I have left over from my natural jewelry I reuse in cards, and scrapbook pages, and I use recyclable gift pouches to ship my creations.

Even by taking small steps we can come together with our creativity to make the world a better place.

Blog Contributors: Emma Alison Designs, Going Coastal, J Margot, and My Flat In Paris Couture

Other great ideas and resources for upcycling/recycling:
Upcycled Plastic Easter Egg Chicks

Crafty Recycling Blog


My Flat in Paris Couture said...

Thanks for including my box and coasters! The post is great!

Rat Trap Press said...

Excellent post! Thanks Sara.

Caroline Creates said...

Love this post! Kudos!