I’ve tried to completely change my eating habits after watching the brilliant documentary, Food, Inc. (It also made me want an office piglet for Etsy, but that’s another blog post.) Next up on my to-do list? Changing my crafting habits. As a jeweler, the options are sometimes limited, however, there’s now an option to purchase precious metals from environmentally-friendly refineries out there, something that wasn’t an option a few years ago. (Thanks to the demand created by jewelers and their clients.) The more makers start to demand eco-friendly options from their suppliers, the more options we’ll have. So I encourage you to support environmentally conscious supply sellers on Etsy whenever you can, and if there isn’t an eco-friendly option out there, ask for it!
Amber is an Australian seller who hand silk screens many of her organic fabrics using solvent-free inks.
Vintage pieces, like these watch movements, can be recycled into art or jewelry instead of ending up in a stinky landfill.
AuracaunaDesigns washes and dries to create squares of wool felt. She also uses handmade and recycled packaging.
ARemarkYouMade brings out a sweetness in his wooden buttons, composed from wood remnants.
Vintage sewing notions not only last forever, but also can hold a bit of history. Millinerymiss revives this sewing basket with a great story of how it came into her midst.
Tresijas saves these wood scraps from a burn pile to create organic stamp sets. These stamps are great for scrapbooking or decorating greeting cards.
Sea glass is a product of pollution swept through the ocean. Sweptfromthesea combs the beaches for these beautiful bit — not only helping you with your supply needs, but helping the environment.
HollyhockAlpacas lovingly raises alpacas in Minnesota. They shear their own animals and, instead of throwing away the fibers, turn it into a beautiful, natural yarn.
Recycled handmade paper is a relaxing process for WhiteDragonPaper.
Vintage keys can make awesome accessories or add a bit of mystery to any art piece. Vintage supplies provide a substantial body to handmade art.
How do you craft responsibly? Let me know in the comments below!