#plasticfreecraft Campaign. Join us?Kate Stuart
It’s in, or around everything.
As craftspeople interested in natural materials, dyes, techniques, it is easy to fall into a belief that what we create is plastic free. I make patchwork quilts and call them plastic free, yet the needles for my sewing machine come in plastic cases, my pins are mostly tipped with a little ball of plastic (though I do have glass headed ones which are sharper and that I prefer, but which cost more money and therefore cost more to replace), the tape measure I use to reckon up my patches is made of plastic, and both my rotary cutter and my patchwork template are rock, hard, solid plastic too. Heck, even my sewing machine and the extension cable I plug it into are plastic.
When I came to the realization that despite my efforts to curb our family’s plastic consumption in our home wares and food choices I still had a massive plastic problem in the tools of my trade, I decided we needed to do something about it.
So we started a campaign.
Using #plasticfreecraft, here at No Serial Number magazine, we are calling for less single use plastic in the crafts and haberdashery industry. We are asking big brands, small brands and YOU to consider the plastic that comes into your home or workspace attached to or otherwise connected with craft tools and materials.
In an article in the Autumn edition (subscribe here to read it) I have recounted a bit of my family history in regards to craft and plastic free haberdashery items, and I hope, if you’ve read it, it has inspired you to get involved. We didn’t always use or need plastic in our crafting, and we have options for alternatives that were in use by previous generations, and that could be put back into use again. I am sitting here looking at a wooden darning mushroom, and a packet of needles, older than me, but held quite safely in a paper packet. There are options. We just have to make a noise to let big business know that we want to see plastic free options, and that we will buy them, and we will use them. We all have a place in the fight to reduce our human dependency on plastic, and we can all add our voice to the call.
If you want to get involved in our campaign, use the hashtag #plasticfreecraft in your social media posts, call, tweet and email your local craft and haberdashery outlets and ask them to commit to reducing the products they stock that come with un-necessary plastic packaging. Get in touch with big brands and ask them to put pressure on the industry to reduce single use plastic in the craft and haberdashery industry. Join us, and let’s work together to bring change.
Kate Stuart is a writer, craftswoman and advocate for plastic free living based in the North East of England.