I first saw Eco Craft at CHA. The simple, restful cover was such a nice contrast to my visual overwhelm, I was drawn to it immediately. The book has just come out, and I’m excited to share it with you.
I rather think we’ll be seeing a wave of “green” craft books in the coming months – Betz White’s eagerly-anticipated Sewing Green being one of them. I do love the idea of injecting more environmental responsibility into craft, but boy, is this a slippery concept! I’ve seen so many supposedly “green” crafts that either turn trash into something equally useless, or that propose to “recycle” a raw material that most of us would have to scrounge pretty hard to find.
Eco Craft is a great example of what I like to see in “green” crafting: projects that make innovative use of stuff that accumulates readily in our daily lives, and would otherwise be landfill-bound.
Case in point: this beautiful lamp, which uses a cover of fused grocery bags. (But would you even know that if I hadn’t told you?) Author Susan Wasinger has a fantastic design eye, and creates recycled objects which are themselves useful.
My goodness. This screen is made of plastic six-pack rings. Such a beautiful idea, and there’s even a variant in the book where they form a kind of lacy curtain. Utterly brilliant.
I also love these organizers, which are made on clamshell plastic take-out containers. I love how the newspaper shows through the color.
One thing I’m always happy to see in craft books is detailed step-by-step photos. Not every craft book needs them, of course, but in a book like this, where you’re doing all kinds of unusual processes with unusual materials, they sure are helpful.
This grocery tote is made from coffee bags and duct tape – no sewing needed. I love the graphical quality, and wow! This thing will last and last.
Another lighting project – this one, made from plastic milk jugs. And again – you’d be hard-pressed to identify the source materials. That’s great recycling.
I’d love to show you a ton more, but suffice to say: the book has cool projects for old sweaters, waste paper, magazines, bike inner tubes, plastic cups, and way more. Give it a look.