Rag bags and Glad rags started a challenge to sew plastic free during the month June. If you start thinking about this ‘Sew Plastic Free Challenge’ and take a look around one will probably see a lot of plastic items around. I decided to see what was passing along when I made this Burda style blouse for my mother (tomorrow you can see the result). This blouse is made of 100% cotton (also a not so environment friendly type of fabric but 100% plastic free) so perfect for my interpretation of the ‘Making plastic free clothes possible’ challenge?

Making plastic free clothes possible?

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Making plastic free clothes possible?

This Burda Style magazine was bought in a local shop without a plastic wrap and there were also no samples, free pencils or seam ripper inside as a gift. The striped fabric was bought at A.Boeken in Amsterdam. I traveled together with my husband to his office by car (1), went to city centre by underground (2) and walked the last mile to the shop. After purchasing the fabric went straight into my leather shopper. The pattern pieces from pattern sheet were traced using clear debris bags from the Action (3). The pattern was pinned on the fabric using glass head pins. I used a chaco liner pen style chalk to mark the seam allowances (4). The cutting was done with an old fashion pair of dressmakers scissors. The button are made of acryl. The fabric was pre-washed and the laundry detergent came form a plastic bottle (5).

Making plastic free clothes possible?

Stitching

My basting yarn is winded on a plastic spool (6) just like the matching white cotton yarn (7). My sewing machine has lots of plastic parts and so are bobbins (8 en 9). Pressing the seams with my steam (10), sewing machine needles are stored in plastic(11) just like needles for hand sewing (12).

What other plastics did I saw while I was making the blouse?

A lot. Let’s start with breakfast. Oats are in paper bag, yoghurt from a glass bottle but my self-mixed nuts (1)-fruit (2) mix come in plastic bags. Thee is bought in paper but my water kettle has also plastic parts (3). Coffee? Yes please with whipped milk from a plastic milk whipper (4). Lunchtime. Bread in a plastic bag (5) and the paper wrap for the cheese is sealed with (6). One slice of bread with dark chocolate sprinkles using margarine from a plastic tub (7) so my sprinkles won’t fall of my bread. We had sunny and warm weather and during the sewing I drank water out of my reusable Dopper bottle (8).

Kan plastic vrij kleding maken

I’m almost there

Time to prepare dinner.  A savory quiche with zucchini, small potatoes warpped in plastic (9) just like the tomatoes (10) and cottage cheese (11). And because it’s summer we had a generous bowl of fresh strawberries(12). After doing the washing up in a plastic washing-up dish (13) and dish soap from a plastic bottle (14) it was time for a cup tea, a cookie(15) for my husband while during the evening news on television (16). Bedtime. I like to read in my bed and this tome the book comes from local library. Wrapped in plastic (17) to protect it.

Is this all?

No. Shower soap (18) and shampoo (19), toothbrush (20) and toothpaste (21), facecrème (22), lipstick (23) and the handsoap that stands by the washstands (24, 25 and 26). Shopping by bike with lots of plastic parts (27). Have I forgot something? Probably. This is the bag that goes into recycle bin. Plastic from four days while I was sewing the blouse. 

Kan plastic vrij kleding maken

Conclusion

There’s a lot of single-use plastics involved in my daily life all though I try to avoid it much as I can. Trying to buy fruit and vegetables that’s not wrapped in plastic. I try to find thinks like tooth paste and facecrème in another packing materials the plastics but that isn’t easy. How plastic aware or you? Do you try to find alternatives for plastics and articles that are wrapped in plastic?

4 Comments on Making plastic free clothes possible?

  1. The most of us are aware of the problems plastics gives us. We all are trying to find solutions to reduce or avoid plastics as much as we can. And although I try to be aware of my plastic ‘consumption’ and how hard I try to avoid them I still was shocked by the amount that past my hand during a day.

  2. Hello Sue, I really was chocked how much past my hand while I was making this blouse. The amount of single-use plastics that passed my hand is really shocking and sometimes hard to avoid. All those vegetables and fruits packed in plastic. I sill can remember the days when I was a child and went to the grocery and greengrocer with my mother. All fruits and vegetables went straight into her shopping bag without paper bags.

  3. Hi Sonja, as I was reading this I was running my own plastic use through my head. It’s so hard to eliminate plastic from our lives, but with a bit of effort I think we can get rid of the single use plastic. Much of the plastic you use is recyclable (I recycle cotton reels for example), but I really admire your efforts on this. Well done!

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