On April 22, 1970, there was an uprising of more than 20 million Americans who stood up to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in impressive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been individually fighting against oil spills, pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, water insecurity, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
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When choosing a new sewing project or simply packing your lunch for work, do you ever stop and think about the impact you’re making on the environment? Spoonflower strives to ensure that our fabrics are good for you and good for the earth, and over the past year, we put lots of new efforts into making our workplace event more sustainable. With January coming to an end, we look back on what we've accomplished through our employee-led sustainability committee as we look forward to advancing our mission to lessen our environmental impact in the new year.
Blankets for Good
Earlier this year, Spoonflower team member Meredith showcased one of Spoonflower’s newest employee crafted initiatives: Blankets for Good. This quarterly employee sew-in uses returned marketplace fabric (don't worry, we will never use your private fabrics!) to make blankets for those in need. In 2015, we sewed over 70 blankets, preventing over 140 yards of remnant fabric going to a landfill. That’s enough to cover almost half of the eiffel tower!
The temperatures are officially dropping here at Spoonflower HQ in Durham! Which naturally means our heating bills are headed straight through the roof. In our constant effort to be a more eco-conscious and sustainable business, we’ve had our eyes out for simple DIY projects to help us reduce our energy dependence and stay warm all at the same time. When our friends at Etsy told us about the adorable draft snakes their employees are making for a sustainable sew-in, we knew it was right up our alley! We are so excited to welcome Lizzie from the Etsy team to the blog today to walk us through how to sew up a quick and easy draft snake. Order your own cut-and-sew template featuring Etsy’s unique designs and join us for the most adorable eco-friendly DIY ever!
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.
Get ready, get set, get crafty – for Earth Day! With all the birds singing and flowers blooming, we've compiled a handful of unique and thrifty projects to help you and your friends get into the sustainability spirit this spring. Go grab a spot under a tree and get a new project started!
Finally, something useful to make from all those sentimental t-shirts you've accumulated!
Make paper from the invasive weeds you find in your yard this spring | The Invasive Paper Project