In 2014, over 16 million tons of textile waste were generated, according to the EPA. The majority of the clothing is still usable! Textiles left decomposing in landfills release harmful methane and CO2 into the atmosphere, negatively impacting the environment.
These tote bag kits are packaged with discarded wool upholstery textiles, in a variety of colors and pattern. Each kit is made of a unique combination paired with sturdy handles.
Reducing single use plastic bags
Humans consume nearly 160,000 plastic bags per second, about 10% of those bags end up in the ocean! (1) Soft plastic materials such as bags cannot be recycled along side curbside recycled materials. Although some supermarket chains do offer ways to recycle plastic bags, we must rethink our life choices to help reduce waste. Ocean plastics are killing marine life at a record pace.
Created in association with:
Dayton Sewing Collaborative
DSC is a non-profit job training facility and collaborative space with expertise in prototyping and small-run productions. With a mission to the combat textile wastes DSC upcycles textile waste into usable products.
Upcycling is a method of developing new products using existing and preloved materials. Old clothing, textiles or vinyl banners are only a few examples of what creativity and passion can do.
Comes with precut woold squares, with finished seams. The materials are soft and very sturdy, perfect for making bags. You can download the instructions here and purchase the kits when they are available. You can also follow our instructions to create your own reusable totes.
Bag Making Kits will be available online soon.
What you need to start?
Sewing machine (home or industrial machine) • Neutral color thread (range light grey to black) • seam ripper (in case you make a mistake) • heavy duty sewing needle might be required when attaching handles with bag body.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to being creative. We encourage you to remix the tote kit to come up with your own style but ask that you respect the environment by not discarding any textile. Simply bring your scraps in with your goodwill donations.