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Thursday
May102012

SHADES OF GREEN: THE “ECO” TREND

Green is more than just a tranquil shade on the color wheel these days.  At BREWER™, we believe that the “green” or “eco” movement is here to stay in the fashion and sewing world and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this trend.  But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the most popular eco-crafting concepts we’ve seen trending in recent years.   

Recycling 
Eco-fabrics – or fabrics made from recycled content –have been increasingly popular in the past few years.  Cotton, nylon and polyester are just a few of the fabrics leading the charge.   The recycling process begins at mills, where textile materials are sorted by type and color, shredded, blended with other fibers and then re-spun for future use.  

Repurposing
The concept of “repurposing” or “upcycling” is to use the fabric from one item to create something entirely now.  For instance, create a sentimental keepsake quilt by repurposing the fabric from an old uniform or wedding dress, or try using the fabric from an old t-shirt to make a wallet. Not only does it help save the environment...but it also saves money and allows creativity to run wild! The ideas are limitless!   Have you created an upcycled project recently? Post it to our Facebook page. We’d love to see it! 

Brewer has a number of resources available for those interested in environmental sewing.  Fantastic reads include, Reconstructing for Dummies by Miranda Caroligne Burns and Eco Craft by Susan Wasinger.   For more information, follow this link.   

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!  What eco-trends do you follow?  Do you think this trend will last?  What do you see as the future of “green” crafting?  

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