Because I imagine that you, like me, love sewing, fabric, and scrolling your Instagram feed for inspiration. After a summer of floral and printed floaty dresses in cotton lawns and viscose, autumn cosiness rolls in:
… mmm toaster sweater season…
…. lovely ponte roma fabric around everywhere… what is it anyway?
… do I care that it is 100% polyester or blended with rayon or spandex?
During the day you subconsciously (or consciously) go green. You might use the recycling bin, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, cycle or walk to work, take your reusable coffee cup to the cafe.
When the work day is done you get home, finish dinner and start your sewing. Some thoughts that might float by:
…Should I toile? Do I have a cheap jersey I can try this with?
… Do I just bin the scraps and my toile when I have finished with it?
… This is going to be a failure. Should I finish? What if I don’t?
Or the opposite: this is so good I must make another one!
As I sewed, these thoughts turned into questions about fabric manufacture, textile waste, and my environmental footprint. Maybe you have thought about this too while you sew, but not had the time to look into it and the information is scattered?
This blog is my attempt to address some of these questions
- What is my environmental footprint from sewing? Is it that bad?
- Is there such a thing as “sustainable sewing” and how do I do it?
- What happens to all the fabric scraps I throw out?
- What happens to the clothing I give to charity or put in the textile bin?
- How is cotton, polyester, viscose, silk, acrylic and linen produced? What is best to buy from an environmental perspective?
- What do I do now after watching documentaries like “True Cost” or “Planet T shirt”?
Are you interested? Do let me know what you would like to read about and I’ll do my best!