Ready to set the table with stylish and sustainable dinner napkins? Here at Spoonflower HQ, we make every effort to be an eco-friendly company with sustainability as a top priority. In order to live that “reduce, reuse, recycle” life, we try to cut down on waste and limit what goes into our landfills. We compost and recycle everything possible–perhaps the most beautiful sustainability effort–we use cloth napkins! Want to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle? Spoonflower crew member Crystal shares two easy ways to create your own finished cloth napkins–mitered corners and pillow case style–for a quick and easy DIY way to start reducing your carbon footprint.
Ever feel like you’re doing more pinning than doing? Does your stash keep growing along with your to-make list, but you seem to add more items before you can check anything off? Well, so do we! So we are oh so excited to introduce a new feature on the blog, Make it Monday! Ta-da!
In this series, we’ll kick off the week with a quick and easy project that we’re hoping to make by the end of the week, and we so hope that you will join along! Each Monday, check out our blog for a quick and easy project that can be completed in very little time. During the week, just sneak in a step or stitch here and there, sharing your progress with the hashtag #makeitmonday on your social media platform of choice. We’ll share what you’re making as we go, rounding up our favorite shares on the weekend! Our sincere hope is that this will help us all create, contribute and share bite-sized crafts with each other and the world!
Mollie Makes spreads the word about the #fortheloveof campaign in their lovely current issue.
To kick off the series, we’re making little green hearts to wear on our sleeves for The Climate Coalition’s #fortheloveof campaign, which we read about the latest issue of Mollie Makes! The Climate Coalition is a UK-based organization dedicated to limiting the impact of global climate change. The For the Love Of campaign invites individuals to share what matters to them in uniting for action to protect what we love from the damaging effects of climate change. This week, let’s join our friends at Mollie Makes and Craftivist Collective and share what matters to us!
You Can’t Spell Earth Without Art! At Spoonflower, this statement couldn't be more true. Everyday, we’re printing beautiful designs created by talented artists (maybe you!) to send out to customers all over the globe. While we are a small team of creative individuals, the Spoonflower team strongly believes in the importance of protecting the earth we live on! We’ve highlighted just a few ways Spoonflower employees are exercising their green thumb, and as our company grows, we continue to look for new ways to make green choices.
When you come visit the Spoonflower office, the first thing to greet you at the entrance are two small garden plots, full of fresh fruits, veggies and flowers. On an early Monday morning, these flowers are the perfect way to brighten up the start of the week and as you leave on a Friday evening, the cherry tomatoes you pop in your mouth closes the chapter on another productive week! With a team of weekly waterers, the responsibility of tending to the garden is shared between various Spoonflower team members but everyone can enjoys the benefits when adding fresh basil to your salad at lunch.We love seeing our fabric come to life! Strawberry Gold by Emily Sandford is the perfect companion to a strawberry from the Spoonflower garden.
Blankets for Good
Have you ever reached out to the Spoonflower help team because you had to unexpectedly cancel an order? At Spoonflower, we print every piece of fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap on-demand, when you place your order, which means we don’t keep a physical inventory to place returned or cancelled items. If you’re like me, I know what you’re wondering …. “What do we do with returned and cancelled fabric?”
Earlier this year, the sustainability committee created Blankets for Good, a quarterly employee sew-in that uses returned marketplace fabric (don't worry, we will never use your private fabrics!) to make blankets to donate to local and international charities. This past May, the Spoonflower employees came together and sent blankets to help those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal and in July, team members sewed 30 blankets for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service located just minutes from headquarters.
Employee Sew-Ins are the perfect way to make a difference in the community while recycling fabric that can’t be sold!
Reusable Cloth Napkins
With yards and yards of beautifully printed fabric surrounding Spoonflower employees everyday, many of us would be lying if we didn’t say we had a fabric hoarding problem (admitting it is the first step, right?). As you may know from experience, large amounts of fabric stashed away in the craft closet results in large amounts of fabric scraps. To many, sending these scraps to the garbage would be the next step but for the eco-friendly minded folks at Spoonflower, we turn our fabric scraps into reusable napkins! To create your own, simply take pinking shears to the border of your fabric scraps and voila! Your lunch never looked more stylish!
Sometimes a fabric order doesn't come out looking exactly the way we think it should because of print errors or flaws in the fabric. When we see these sorts of issues, we send the piece back for reprint and add the flawed piece to our scrap pile. Every so often, we fill the back of a semi-trailer with fabric, and send it off to a fabric recycler who shreds the yardage into tiny, unrecognizable bits. These bits then get used for industrial applications like car and furniture stuffing, bedding, and flooring.
While in the fabric truck, we find ourselves asking, “are we in fabric heaven?”
Whether we’re tending to the employee garden, composting lunch leftovers, sewing up blankets for a local charity, or finding creative ways to recycle our fabric scraps, the team at Spoonflower is certainly putting the art in earth!
With Nepal suffering its second massive earthquake in a month, we've been asking ourselves something you've probably been wondering too: how can we help? We decided to put our sewing skills to good use in the Greenhouse last week to sew blankets for those in need.
With the help of non-profit organization, Ganga Ghar, we've coordinated efforts to donate our handmade blankets to be distributed to people who need them. You can learn more about what resources are needed by visiting the www.gangaghar.org