Crochet Ideas for Going GreenBy Rachel Choi – 28 Comments
|If you are looking to go green, crocheting can be a fun way to do so! There are all sorts of things you can crochet while helping the environment. You can crochet reusable items to replace things you would normally toss out. Also, try turning everyday items into yarn, such as plastic bags, old T-shirts or VHS tapes. By recycling materials and reusing your crocheted items, not only can you help the environment, you will be save money along the way!
Here are some ideas to get started! Feel free to add you own ideas, by leaving them as a comment.
Bags – Grocery bags, lunch bags, big bags, small bags…any type of bag you can think of can be crocheted and reused. The best part about crocheted bags is that you don’t need regular yarn to make them. In fact, bags tend to be stronger when made with non traditional materials such as plarn (plastic yarn). Try recycling plastic or other materials to crochet your bags. I have lots of free patterns that you can use (too many to list here), just use the search box at the top of the page!
Dishcloths - Stop using all those paper towels! Replace then with crocheted dishcloths. Crocheted dishcloths come in all sorts of styles and can be used for multiple purposes, not just washing dishes. Personally, I love using then for cleaning up spills. Although I have tons of dishcloth patterns for you to use, here is the link to my favorite dishcloth pattern: Free Crochet Pattern: Dishcloth with Ridges.
Facial Cleaning Pads – If you use a lot of cotton balls or disposable facial pads, you way want to consider crocheting some. To reuse them, all you have to do is toss them into the washing machine with your clothes! Plus, theses are so easy and fast to crochet, you might as well try them. Here’s a pattern: Crochet Pattern: Facial Cleaning Pads
Crochet Anything with Recycled Materials – When I say anything, I do mean anything! Crochet home decor items, toys, blankets, hats, scarves, clothes … literally anything. Don’t limit yourself by just crocheting with traditional yarn. Try crocheting with plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) or T-yarn (yarn made from old T-shirts). You do NOT need a special pattern to crochet with these materials. You can use regular crochet patterns (just remember to check your gauge).
Buy Crochet Patterns Online – With technology these days, who needs paper? You can purchase the PDF version of patterns online and carry them around on your laptop, phone, or even electronic readers!
Do you have more crochet ideas to add to the list? Share by leaving a comment!