No Serial Number Plastic Free Craft CampaignKate Stuart
The craft industry is overflowing with plastic. From acrylic yarn and plastic knitting needles to kids crafts supplies, there are thousands of crafting products on the market that are made from plastic, where once they were not. And that’s not even taking into account the single use plastic packaging on craft and haberdashery supplies. I’ve been a zero waste advocate for some time now, without realizing until very recently that the craft industry is full of single use plastic too. After wallowing in this grim realization for probably too long, I decided that the only way to make a difference was to start a campaign. Championing the companies, large and small, who are working to reduce single use plastic packaging in their craft products, as well as offering plastic free alternatives feels like a positive way to begin – challenging the big brands will be the next step. If you enjoy crafts and buy craft materials and equipment online or on the high street, there is a place here for you to get active and help us in the fight against plastic in the craft industry.
Here’s how you can help!
- Join our campaign, posting your plastic-free craft and haberdashery items on social media, using the hashtags #PlasticFreeCraft and #NoSerialNumber when you find a business that sells plastic/packaging free craft.
- Share this blog post across your social media networks – spread the word!
- Challenge your craft suppliers, be they local, national, or international to consider their packaging on craft items. Use the hashtags to share the responses you get, tagging us and the business concerned. We will share across our networks and you might even get a feature in the magazine!
- Start a conversation with friends, family or work colleagues and work together to make change happen by writing letters, sharing posts on social media and raising awareness of the unnecessary plastic within the craft industry.
- Consider alternatives to the plastic based craft supplies that you use – whatever your craft discipline, are there ways to reduce plastic and still achieve the same results? Share your experiences with us in our Facebook group Eco Friendly Crafters and Entraprenuers, and let’s keep the conversation flowing.
- Subscribe to No Serial Number Magazine for more zero waste features and crafting inspiration and to hear more of why this campaign is so important to me.
It’s time for the craft industry to take steps to reduce plastic, and this #ZeroWasteWeek we are calling on all craft suppliers to
take a stand for the planet. Will you join us?
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Kate Stuart is an artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England, specializing in up-cycling, quilting, zero waste living and painting.
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