Start sewing to go plastic free with the free projects below. We should all now be aware of the huge amount of plastic waste that we generate and how we need to find alternative methods in everyday life for simple things like going shopping and cleaning up. Here we round up some brilliant sustainable ideas for sewing to reduce your use of plastics in the future.
Shopping bag patterns
Keep a few fabric shopping bags in the boot of the car and you won’t need to buy a plastic bag again! Here is a round-up of some simple shopping bags you can sew.
Fabric Gift Wrapping
Ditch the glossy wrapping paper that is hard to recycle as it contains plastic. Why not wrap your gifts in fabric instead? The Japanese call this Furoshiki. This is an extra present for the recipient especially if they are a sewer too! Otherwise, why not wrap a gift in a tea towel that can be used in the kitchen? Get these ideas for smart gift wrapping.
Make your own lunch bags/food wrapping
Instead of wrapping sandwiches in cling film or plastic bags, why not make some re-usable plastic free snack bags to put your lunch inside? You can also make your own food covers and wrappings. Here are a few ideas.
Plastic Free Cleaning Up
Why use disposable wipes when you can make your own washable ones? At least these won’t end up in the sea! Take a look at these ideas.
Reusable Sanitary Pads
There is a fair amount of plastic in sanitary protection which ends up in landfill or the sea. If you feel like making your own fabric sanitary products, here are some tutorials to have a go.