Say Yes to Ecology! and some totes

by - 1/07/2009

Winter holidays are left behind, the Christmas decorations are being packed again, Santa is making the statistics with his successful deliveries, we are thinking of a better new year, making plans in our minds or on paper. One thing that we shouldn't forget is to make our best to preserve the nature, our environment, to be kind with both of them and to ourselves. This shouldn't be seen as an effort from our sides, contrariwise, it should be included in our lives as other daily habits. I want to believe that none of us wants to be surrounded by mountains of plastics and non-degradable garbage, to breathe a polluted air, to eat unhealthy food full of preservatives and chemicals, to decorate our homes with artificial plants and flowers, to step on cement alleys instead of green grass. This way we should say YES to Ecology and Nature!

For this Christmas I have decided to take the ecology spirit in one hand and my passion for creation and sewing in the other hand, to combine them and to make some useful gifts for my family and friends. This is how I have spent the last two days, before flying back home, working hard to finish all 12 fabric grocery bags. Before cutting the fabrics, I have redone the calculations several times until I have managed to obtain the pieces for 3 bags from each 1 x 1.5 m of fabric, without losing any centimeter of material.

Starting January 1st, 2009, in Romania a tax for a plastic shopping bag was introduced, which I consider a right, wise step in the process of eco-education of the population. While waiting in line in a shop in Bucharest, I was very happy to see how simple people were already using their own bags. Another good initiative was made by the shops, by introducing the raffia/paper bio-degradable bags. I hope my bags will be also successfully used in the same way :).

If Santa missed to put you on his 'good kids' list this time and you would like to have this kind of bag, I would love to make more (in the spirit that this way we help a little bit to spread the Eco initiative). So, do you want to register for the next dozen of bags? Just let me know and we will manage somehow the shipping.

The next image represents an additional detail of my project: labeling the bags. Keeping the same ecology spirit in my mind, I re-used an old packing cardboard, cut 12 labels, hand-wrote with ink the name of my blog, added a little bit of color on them and finally attached the labels with a paper cord on the bag's handles.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and don't forget to take with you a grocery bag each time you leave your home, so the next time you are in a shop, you will skip the plastic-bag-packing part. Maybe this way you will consume less also, by just filling your own shopping bag!

A small note: I have added two banners on the right sidebar of my blog from two Romanian websites who promote the ecology action: MaiMultVerde and Nu Fi Pungaş!

(images by victoria molovata)

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3 commentarii

  1. Great ideea! it's nice to be chic even when going shopping!

  2. I like very much what you create and recreate, plus the ecological intent. Keep up the good work! Though I am sure you will :)

    I would also like to learn to sew but I didn't find the time just yet, I am sure it will become a passion. I hope to start in the near future. Where there's a will, there's a way :)

  3. :) Thank you so much. Indeed, I have so many ideas in my head that I want to make them real. Hopefully soon :P

    So nice said: where there's a will, there's a way :) I am sure you will find the perfect time to start. I learned sewing almost by myself and watching my mom when I was little and since then sewing and hand-making things are both some of my passions and when I find a little time I return to them :)