Here at Sappho Stitches, we love to crochet! It's a great way to relax and unleash some creativity. Not only is it a rewarding hobby, it's also a great way to make sustainable substitutes for everyday items. When using natural fibers, such as cotton and hemp yarn, it's easy to make an eco-friendly version of your everyday products. Plus, you can customize them with whatever patterns and colors make your heart happy!
Read on to find 7 examples of sustainable crochet substitutes to lessen your eco footprint. Let's get crocheting!
1. Crochet face scrubbies
Cotton pads and makeup wipes are convenient ways to remove makeup. However, these single-use products aren't the most eco-friendly. Not to mention, they can get expensive to keep re-purchasing! We love to use crochet face scrubbies made with cotton. They can be used to remove makeup, apply skincare products, and lightly exfoliate your skin. Plus, they can be washed and re-used again and again!
2. Crochet market bag
It's no secret that plastic bags are bad for the environment. Sure, they can be re-used, but they still eventually end up in landfills! A re-usable shopping bag is an easy way to reduce your plastic usage. Plus, crochet market bags are cute and stretchy enough to accommodate whatever's on your shopping list.
3. Crochet Produce bag
Think about how much produce you buy at the grocery store each week. Chances are, each item is placed in its own plastic bag. That adds up to a lot of plastic! Try a reusable produce bag to hold all of your produce in one place -- no plastic required!
4. Crochet dish cloths
If you've ever used a dish sponge you know that when they get old… they get gross. It's recommended that you should be throwing away your dish sponge and starting over every two to three weeks. That's a ton of waste! Instead, try using a handmade dishcloth made with biodegradable materials.
5. Crochet coffee cozie
If you're anything like us, you get coffee A LOT. Have you ever thought about how many cardboard coffee cozies you throw away each month? Instead of sending your coffee-stained cardboard cozies straight to the landfill, try using a reusable cozie instead! Not only can you customize the colors and designs to spruce up your cup, you can also wash and reuse it every day.
6. Crochet storage baskets
Storage bins and baskets are a great way to organize. However, most of them are made from plastic. Once your bin is cracked or broken, it will end up in a landfill. Try creating your very own crochet basket to store items both small and large!
7. Crochet washcloth
Loofahs are a great way to exfoliate, but they eventually end up in landfills. Unfortunately, they aren't biodegradable, either! Washcloths made from cotton can still do a great job at exfoliating your skin, but the biodegradable fiber won't sit around in the landfill forever. Plus, they're super cute!
Are you feeling inspired? We hope you'll make these easy sustainable switches to your everyday routine! If you don't know how to crochet, you can check out our selection of ethically-made products to step up your sustainability game.