Story last updated at 4/22/2009 - 11:34 am
Have you ever wondered where the term "green" came from? You know, the buzzword that is synonymous with healthy, environmental, positive practices that will save our Earth. Well, I have a sneaking suspicion crafters are behind it.
Come on, who else would choose a color to define an entire movement to protect our planet? Okay, I suppose you're right - if crafters were behind it the color would be chartreuse, mint or lime pop! As creative types we might want a bit more flare, but as Alaskans we are familiar with the luscious color of green, and once a year on Earth Day we celebrate our planet's greenness and think about ways to keep it that way.
This year Earth Day falls on a Wednesday. If you're a bit busy to devote your entire day to celebrating, think about some small contributions you can make to improve your relationship with the world around you. I'll help you out with a week full of quick projects to get you crafty and get you green!
Wednesday (Earth Day): If you're in Juneau, head over to Raintree Quilting at 2213 Dunn Street between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There the celebrations abound with a Sew-Your-Own-Tote event. Replace those pesky plastic grocery sacks that are non-biodegradable with a handmade tote of your creation. Patterns, notions, assistance and use of sewing machines will all be available - the only thing you need to provide is the fabric. What a deal!
Thursday: Accessorize and still be green by heading to your local thrift store. Pick up a couple of necklaces and re-string them into a new necklace, or use the beads to embellish another project. That way you're donating to a good cause, and getting craft fodder for the collection.
Friday: Get ready for an evening soiree by refreshing yourself on a long walk. While you're at it, gather wildflowers and willow branches to fashion into a centerpiece and conversation starter later.
Saturday: With a little more time on your hands, plant some fresh herbs indoors in pots you've thrifted. Place them in sunny windows to start them right. Then, make a fresh, organic meal using local ingredients.
Sunday: The Canvas is hosting a family day from 1-4 p.m. in honor of Earth Day. Create functional objects from recycled materials. Make coasters out of magazines, garbage cans out of painted cardboard, trivets out of newspaper and shoulder bags out of old plastic bags.
Monday: Kick start your Monday by treating yourself to a handmade delectable that is eco-friendly. Head over to etsy.com, the online marketplace that sells handmade goods, and peruse their eco-friendly gift guide. From bags and folders to candleholders and pillows, you're sure to find something affordable and green to brighten your day.
Tuesday: Complete your crafty week by creating your own loose tea blends. Buying in bulk reduces waste and lets you blend the perfect cup. Make your own tea bags for on the go enjoyment by sewing up fabric pouches. You can even name your blend and use the pouches as quick gifts.
If your creativity (and greenness) surpasses these quick tips, seek out more crafty wisdom online and in the bookstore. Check out craftingagreenworld.com and sewgreen.blogspot.com for starters. In Southeast AK, the easiest way for us to go green is to reduce and reuse, so keep it in mind while crafting and you'll be chartreuse in no time.
Tanna Peters may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.