How To Be an Eco Crafter
Oceans are becoming filled with plastics and the effects of global warming are becoming more pronounced. So, recycling and being environmentally sensitive with our hobbies is even more important. What steps can you take as a paper crafter to reduce waste and minimize your environmental impact?
- Use your stash. It saves you money and saves the resources needed to make new supplies.
- Repurpose items you have. Bubble wrap works great to add or remove paint from a mixed media project. Paint chips make nice accents on cards. Old books and sheet music can be used as the background for stamped and stenciled pages, or cut into shapes such as flowers. Old tea bags can be emptied, stamped, and altered to create bookmarks or embellishments for other projects.
- Purchase environmentally friendly products when you need new supplies. Eco Paper Arts offers paint made of hemp oil; stencils made of recycled materials that can be repurposed, reused, and are biodegradable; scrapbook paper that is recycled or FSC certified, and-- coming soon -- wood stamps made from reclaimed wood and recycled rubber.
Changes need to be made in all areas of our lives to become more environmentally aware. Small steps in the right direction are a good way to start. A little creativity and conscious purchases will help the health of our planet.