If you'd like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project or craft project, here are tons of easy and fun ideas -- and free patterns too.
If you bring a market bag or two to the store with you every time you shop, it'll be easy to reduce your use of plastic and paper shopping bags. My fabric crochet tote bag (pictured) is the perfect choice for this.
If you do still happen to have plastic shopping bags, or produce bags, hanging around your place, don't throw them away; upcycle them! Our free scrubbie patterns give you the instructions you need for transforming the bags into useful dish scrubbers and pot scrubbers you can use for hand-washing your dishes (which in many cases is more eco-friendly than using the dishwasher, because the dishwasher uses more water.)
Cloth napkins are environmentally responsible, because you can keep re-using them over and over again. Another nice thing about them: the napkins pay for themselves before long, because you don't have to keep spending money on disposable paper napkins after you've made the initial investment. That saves you quite a bit of cash in the long run.
Once you start using cloth napkins, you'll probably want to have some nice napkin rings on hand to go with them. The napkin rings pictured at left are a fun, eco-friendly DIY project that you can make (in part) from recycled materials.
Crocheting With Organic Yarns
Organic yarns are an earth-friendly choice. We've posted a variety of different crochet patterns using organic yarns:
- Lacy striped scarf pattern (pictured) -- perfect for spring!
- More crocheted scarves made using organic yarns
- Beginner's half double crochet placemat pattern
- Easy, beginner-friendly crochet dishcloth or washcloth pattern
- Soft organic cotton washcloth
- Lacy treble shell dishcloth pattern
- Three-color organic cotton washcloth
- Organic crocheted wrist warmers
If you're still carrying groceries home in plastic shopping bags, here's an idea you can use to recycle them: "Plarn."
Sooner or later, everyone ends up with worn-out textiles -- worn out clothing, worn out linens, etc. Once a piece of clothing is stained or torn, you probably don't want to wear it any more, but you need not throw it away. Did you know that you can turn old clothes into interesting rag crochet projects?