Reusable alternatives – what do you waste?
Although paper is easy to recycle, paper towels and tissues are usually already made from recycled paper. This can’t be recycled again as the fibres are too short. Also, dirty paper cannot be recycled, although small quantities can be added to compost.
What is the alternative?
Using a design thinking process to get to the root of the problem, this workshop will help you identify what you could do to reduce your paper use.
You will learn how to design and make reusable and washable solutions that will save you money and help the environment.
You don’t need any sewing skills and this workshop is suitable for accompanied children who are old enough to use scissors unsupervised.
One sewing machine per 3 or 4 learners
Sharp fabric scissors
Old, clean cotton fabric, including towelling and sheet or shirt weight to a minimum size of A5.
(Fabric can be provided for a small extra cost. Learners are encouraged to bring their own fabric to upcycle.)
By the end of the workshop learners will have designed and made washable alternatives for paper tissues, cotton wool pads and kitchen roll. They will be able to take these home with them alongside a printed booklet of eco friendly cleaning solution recipes. This can be branded to the workshop hosts if required.
The first part of the workshop encourages the learners to talk and collaborate. They will be taught how to identify where and how they use paper products.
We will be using quick prototypes of scrap paper and fabric to help develop final designs and testing will be part of the design process.
If there is a tea or lunch break this is an ideal opportunity to check design suitability.