I’ve been pretty quiet about Sewaholic Patterns recently, except for mentioning my recent layoff and my plans to focus on the pattern side full-time. I’m happy to announce that things are moving again and I’m closer than ever to launching!
I’ve decided to print the Sewaholic Patterns envelopes and instruction sheets on 100% recycled paper. Want to know why?
David Suzuki’s Green Guide has been floating around our house and it had me thinking. Overall, we’re helping reduce our impact on the planet by sewing, especially if we’re buying less ready-to-wear clothing because of it. We’re often supporting local fabric stores, which boosts the local economy. And it’s so much better on the planet than buying clothing made overseas, that likely travelled on an airplane to a distribution centre, was unpackaged and then re-packed to ship out to the local mall. One of the reasons I like to buy vintage fabric on Etsy, is because I’m reducing, often re-using, and supporting a real person’s Etsy business. It just feels good to me!
So many of you guys have written thoughtful posts on the eco-friendly nature of sewing, on thrifting and refashioning and on learning to make do with less. I wanted to be true to the eco-conscious nature of sewing and print as much as I could on recycled paper. Every little bit helps!
The cool thing is, recycled paper is only slightly different than regular white paper! I pictured it to be rugged and brown – but all you see are tiny speck-like imperfections scattered here and there. It comes in clean white, so you can print in colour, and it looks every bit as nice as brand new paper. Seems like an easy decision to me!
What do you think? Does it matter to you whether you buy recycled paper products or not?
Are you conscious of your environmental impact in general, and is your passion for sewing related to eco-conscious concerns? Or is the environmentally-friendly part just a wonderful side-effect of sewing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!