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Eco-Craft, Inc: Environmentally Conscious Supplies

May 6, 2010

by daniellexo

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!

Organic Hand Screenprinted Rooftops fabric from FreshFabricAustralia

Amber is an Australian seller who hand silk screens many of her organic fabrics using solvent-free inks.

40 Vintage Watch Movements from CoolVintage

Vintage pieces, like these watch movements, can be recycled into art or jewelry instead of ending up in a stinky landfill.  

Large Chromatic Stack 30 – 6 inch Squares of Upcycled Wool Felt from AuracaunaDesigns

AuracaunaDesigns washes and dries to create squares of wool felt. She also uses handmade and recycled packaging.

Sweet Handmade Wooden House Buttons from ARemarkYouMade

ARemarkYouMade brings out a sweetness in his wooden buttons, composed from wood remnants.

A Tale of Two Sisters Sewing Basket from millinerymiss

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.

Teeny Tiny Camping Trip Stamps Set from Tresijas

Tresijas saves these wood scraps from a burn pile to create organic stamp sets. These stamps are great for scrapbooking or decorating greeting cards.

Eco-Friendly Genuine Sea Glass Pieces – 75 White from sweptfromthesea

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.

Alpaca Fleece, Light Fawn, raw fiber from HollyhockAlpacas

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 50 sheets from WhiteDragonPaper

Recycled handmade paper is a relaxing process for WhiteDragonPaper.

Ninety Tiny Vintage Keys from missemilygene

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!

Earth Tones | Eco-friendly Supplies

Simplify Go Green Vintage Anagrams Game Letters Tile Saying Eco Friendly
Simplify Go Green Vintage Anagrams Game Letters Tile Saying Eco Friendly
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Recycled Tshirt Yarn- Gray- 38 yds
Recycled Tshirt Yarn- Gray- 38 yds
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10 Feet Recycled Sterling Silver - 22 Gauge - Dead Soft - Ecofriendly
10 Feet Recycled Sterling Silver - 22 Gauge - Dead Soft - Ecofriendly
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34 colors of Eco-Fi felt made in USA from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles -  9 inch by 12 inch pack Kunin Rainbow Classic
34 colors of Eco-Fi felt made in USA from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles - 9 inch by 12 inch pack Kunin Rainbow Classic
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A Wonderfully Assorted lot of 23 tree branch and exotic buttons....2 large holes....264
A Wonderfully Assorted lot of 23 tree branch and exotic buttons....2 large holes....264
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Organic Cotton Batting - loose
Organic Cotton Batting - loose
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6 felted wool pebbles (orange, dark gray)
6 felted wool pebbles (orange, dark gray)
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PORCH SWING Merino/TencelTop - 4 oz.
PORCH SWING Merino/TencelTop - 4 oz.
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Organic Crocheted Summer Beads 12 Peces
Organic Crocheted Summer Beads 12 Peces
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ORGANIC Fabric from Cloud 9 Fabrics-1 yard of Blue Yonder
ORGANIC Fabric from Cloud 9 Fabrics-1 yard of Blue Yonder
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5 sheets of white 9.5x8 inch junkmail party paper
5 sheets of white 9.5x8 inch junkmail party paper
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95 comments

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Great Article, Thanks for sharing all these wonderful finds!

  • marticesupplies

    marticesupplies said 9 years ago

    love that first stamp!!

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 9 years ago

    what wonderful ideas. yeah!!!! for the environment.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing :)

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 9 years ago

    what wonderful ideas. yeah!!! for the environment.

  • juliepeach

    juliepeach said 9 years ago

    I love finding great, especially locally-made yarn! That alpaca is a cutie.

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 9 years ago

    good to know:) great article-- this is so important!

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates said 9 years ago

    I craft responsibly as much as I can. Most of my materials are recycled, upcycled, repurposed, or reclaimed. I have a collection bin at work, and some of the items people donate really stretch my creative muscles. I even collect used items that most people wouldn't even give a second glance (my sister thinks I'm crazy!). But I am always eager to find out more ways to incorporate the green theme in my work and daily life. Thanks for this article! :)

  • bread

    bread said 9 years ago

    This idea is really spreading!I salvage,use and distribute fabric from my day job in the Montreal clothing industry. My manager is eco conscience enough to let me take home giant bags every second day,to make into new items.Right now Im working on a quilt made out of swatch fabric samples for pants designs,and also a baby quilt made out of polyfleece samples.Im also putting a new cushion on an old chair,using little fabric scraps for stuffing. Instead of buying new,there is usually always someway to get second hand or recycle supplies.Etsy makes it really easy to track down.

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 9 years ago

    this is a very important issue. i have been contemplating this for my business for some time now, and it has led me to seek out local sources of fiber, as well as recycled materials. I have really enjoyed the journey and find the usage of local/recycled materials in my work to be especially rewarding.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 9 years ago

    I love repurposing unwanted vintage jewelry for unique components & special findings! http://craftscafe.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/something-old-something-ne/ I also LOVE LOVE LOVE searching through etsy's vintage listings! Recently purchased a lovely set of vintage rusty keys from a great vendor in Latvia. I was thrilled to see just how much more personality they had in person vs. via photos!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 9 years ago

    Excellent article. Thank you.

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 9 years ago

    I need to some find some recycled paper products for my shop. Thanks for sharing the great article.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    Great article! Love the natural wooden buttons ...and the sweet lama!

  • LilaClareJewelry

    LilaClareJewelry said 9 years ago

    Geat thoughts and delightful items.

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 9 years ago

    My husbandt think that I an crazy because I keep lot of things. You never know for what you will need them.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Great pictures thank's for sharing!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    I just bought some keys! Thanks for the find. :o) Making all my pieces out of recycled precious metals. Getting titanium, and airplane scraps, for birds. Just switched to waxed paper bags for supplies. Using all recycled packing materials. No plastic bubble mailers (unless they are recycled from something I ordered). Passionate about it, I am! Printmaker who got solvent poisoning after years of using them. Now I use vegetable oil to clean up.

  • WonderTurtleSoaps

    WonderTurtleSoaps said 9 years ago

    Very nice, inspiring items! I love the sea glass ... :)

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 9 years ago

    Bravo! Excellent post! And argh, watching FoodInc changed my life!

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 9 years ago

    Yes! Go Eco! top put you in the spirit.... VINTAGE TREES tshirt http://www.etsy.com/listing/24619912/xl-trees-n-leaves-t-shirt-up-to-a-44

  • jessejanes

    jessejanes said 9 years ago

    Great items!! Thanks for sharing... ;0)

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 9 years ago

    Beautiful handmade supplies! I think sustainable supplies are the only thing that can make a handmade item sweeter.

  • seragun

    seragun said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 9 years ago

    i am glad to see such beautiful eco items ..it is what will keep Etsy strong and unique!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 9 years ago

    Great advice!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 9 years ago

    Beautiful feature, Danielle!

  • miznovember

    miznovember said 9 years ago

    I have found that upholstry shops are a great source for fabric. They usually just toss their huge samples once the design is cancelled. And they also have heaps of leftovers from jobs that they have completed. Even if they aren't free, they will be much cheaper. It never hurts to ask.

  • themodernmarigold

    themodernmarigold said 9 years ago

    Awesome post. I'd love to find out more about environmentally-friendly packaging - beyond recycling, that is. I make everything from vintage sheets!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    Great article and beautiful eco-conscious items. I try to be environmental with my home and how I eat but I have to do more with integrating it into my business. This article gave me some good ideas regarding this! Thank you!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 9 years ago

    I love those keys!!

  • OverTheLuna

    OverTheLuna said 9 years ago

    Love the sea glass! My family always looks for it while at any of the Great Lakes. Great article and finds!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 9 years ago

    That sewing set is so inspiring!

  • melfannin

    melfannin said 9 years ago

    love the three r's!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 9 years ago

    Great reminder article....love that "blue sky clouds" fabric!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • Morado

    Morado said 9 years ago

    Pretty picks!

  • badplatypus

    badplatypus said 9 years ago

    I love green! I'm trying to be more careful with the supplies I use, and thinking of where they came from... it's hard for me!

  • OxfordHeaven

    OxfordHeaven said 9 years ago

    I keep my shop eco friendly by re-purposing materials for my shoes. It's so much cheaper to shop at thrift stores and you can find really unique stuff!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 9 years ago

    i am in love with this post. All of the items you have chosen to highlight are amazing. I can't get enough Thanks for sharing such great info

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 9 years ago

    the alpaca is so cute! <3

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article!!! Thanks for the alpace photo, made my day! XOX

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    Actually, seaglass isn't polluting as glass is an inert material that's no worse for the environment than rock crystal... I hope the folks who collect it to sell also pick up a big bag of plastic rubbish from the beach each time they go. We should ALL be trying to make environmentally conscious decisions about materials & packaging, as well as in the "office" side of an online business. Kudos to Etsy for highlighting it again, but please try to feature some different sellers... seeing some newbies or never-before-featured sellers would be such a nice change!

  • FrankiesArtwork

    FrankiesArtwork said 9 years ago

    Very awesome items. Wish I could afford the vintage keys.

  • Dreamingcowcreations

    Dreamingcowcreations said 9 years ago

    liked the bunch of keys!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 9 years ago

    my business is eco conscious - from the office supplies to the products...love that this whole idea is "catching on"!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 9 years ago

    inspiring! I especially love the vintage buttons!

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article!!! Knit green too :) In may FREE SHIPPING on all my ORGANIC Cotton and merino :)

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 9 years ago

    I have a big pile of scrap material that will never be thrown away. I will someday use it for smaller projects. Items I create are usually made of new material, but have the purpose of being renewed, and replacing items that are typically thrown away, like my reusable sandwich bags. I recycle as much as I can, and I am currently collecting small items like caps, tp rolls, and other items that I normally would have thrown away, to save for craft time with my 4 year old daughter.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article very well composed, like your finds as well.

  • photographicamy

    photographicamy said 9 years ago

    We CAN change things!! Great article!

  • fortheloveofpete

    fortheloveofpete said 9 years ago

    I love vintage buttons and use them on my bags. Not only am I reusing, but they give my work so much more personality. I also often use vintage barkcloth. To come across a beautiful piece of fabric, uncut for many years and just waiting for me to come along and make something from it is thrilling!

  • BlackStarBeads

    BlackStarBeads said 9 years ago

    I love all of the finds! I use vintage beads and thrifted finds in my jewelry shop. In this shop, I deStash some of my booty. Off to look at all of these shops!

  • thehouseofbouton

    thehouseofbouton said 9 years ago

    This is great! I love the recycled hand made papers.

  • ARemarkYouMade

    ARemarkYouMade said 9 years ago

    Terrific article! Your picks are awesome. There are so many wonderful eco-friendly items on Etsy. A BIG thumbs up to eco-conscious sellers and consumers. I am honored to have my wooden house buttons featured here. Thank you so much! Brenda A Remark You Made

  • ARemarkYouMade

    ARemarkYouMade said 9 years ago

    What a terrific article! I love your picks. There are so many wonderful eco-friendly items on Etsy. I am proud to be among the chosen and have my wooden house buttons featured in this storque. A BIG thumbs up to eco-conscious sellers and consumers. Thank you so much! Brenda A Remark You Made

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 9 years ago

    Simply lovely and inspiring!

  • AuracaunaDesigns

    AuracaunaDesigns said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you for including my UPcycled Wool Felt, as well as my REclaimed Yarn! I have such fun turning these things into re-useable materials. I also send all my scrappies ( that are too small to use again!) to the local Humane Society and they use them to stuff wee cat beds. And also, Wool and Cotton scraps can be composted, so my garden loves me:)Still trying to find a good eco-friendly option to bubble wrap though...

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 9 years ago

    thank you daniellexo for mentioning "food.inc" documentary! this film is definitely going to make people rethink what they eat! powerfull!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 9 years ago

    Great items! I love using vintage items in my crafts.

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 9 years ago

    I am proud to say we recycle and compost so much around our house! My newest upcycled item is a feed bag tote - made from our feed sacks and handles made from the twine that binds our hay bales. My latest upcycled 'office supply' -> all of the leftover postcard size announcements I would send out for my open house events - get folded in half, glued with a glue stick and a hole punched in top. I then embellish them with my logo (nest with eggs). They are about the size of a shipping tag and have my business info on them already (return address) and have some character due to their 'age'. Nothing goes to waste around this house!

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 9 years ago

    good picks! very different!

  • RSSDesignsInFiber

    RSSDesignsInFiber said 9 years ago

    This article covers an issue that I think is valuable! -- Though I use new crochet threads and yarns in making things, as that is the only way I can find the colors I need -- I have quite a stash of crochet threads that I bought online and are vintage - or you could say "reclaimed" or "salvaged" from being thrown away. I use them as I need those colors of thread in projects. It is not only eco to do it -- some of these threads are no longer being made and are of very high quality materials and some of these colors (especially variegated colored threads in finer threads) can no longer be found new -- so I look for them to make certain designs with them that I couldn't make without them!! -- I also take apart sweaters to use the yarns in making new items. -- I also use various fabrics that I have around and rarely throw any fabric items away. Can almost always find some way or someone to re-use them. -- Most of my bubble for packaging is re-use from packages I have received. -- If I have to ship in a box, unless I am using the Postal Service Priority Mail boxes (Cradle to Cradle Certification - Corrugated Recycles), I have plently of cardboard boxes to ship in -- re-using ones I received. -- and when I do have to buy new to make something, as in a pillow form, I try to find eco-friendly materials such as pillows made by Eco-Craft that have fiberfill that is from the annually renewable resource corn instead of the polyester. -- Most threads and yarns I use are made from natural resources and I try to find ethical suppliers. And I Recycle, Recycle, Recyle as much as I can on everything. If you work at it, there are ways to do it!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 9 years ago

    How resourceful!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    I am so excited about this article. With Bambu Earth, great care has been taken to make sure all of my products are as eco-friendly as possible from the oils I use right down to the packaging. ::Bambu Earth uses recycled cereal boxes for business cards. ::Bambu Earth soaps are wrapped in handmade plantable paper made from shredded bills that grow basil! ::Orders with products packaged in plastic containers include ideas to reuse the containers. ::All products are free from synthetic dyes, colorants, or fragrance oils. I am so excited to see that more and more sellers are taking responsibility for their supplies, products and environmental impact. Thanks so much for a great, inspiring and education article!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    I use pre-owned packing materials and cardboard boxes for shipping that were rescued from businesses and families around my area. I just started creating mailers from cereal boxes. The instructions for the mailers are posted on my blog.

  • ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES

    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 9 years ago

    COOL!!!!! RRCYCLING ROCKS......

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 9 years ago

    Great article. Thanks!

  • sucree

    sucree said 9 years ago

    couldn't agree more! as a jeweler i only buy my supplies from people who provide eco-friendly recycled metals. mining is so destructive to our environment, we are in the midst of losing the rest of the Amazon to this right now. every bit we do counts!

  • FromChestnutHill

    FromChestnutHill said 9 years ago

    Reduce, reuse, recycle!!! BE KIND WITH OUR WORLD - WE HAVE JUST ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!

  • nicoledebruin

    nicoledebruin said 9 years ago

    I sell charms and sometimes I end up buying charms which are not of a good enough quality to sell, I collect them all and take them to South Africa and give them to the street vendors that make jewellery. They paint them and do other strange things to make them useable. Does anyone have any other places that could use these ?

  • bungaloe

    bungaloe said 9 years ago

    when i decided that i wanted to create and design, it was never even a question that i would strive to use eco-conscience materials for construction, what a great, thoughtful post! thank you!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 9 years ago

    It's hard to be Eco with photography, yet Urey to shop my prints using recyled materials where I can if it's available, like board backing etc. Great post!

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 9 years ago

    Love this blog, i think it's really important for etsyers to consider renewable recources/recycling when making thier products. All of my material is sourced from charity shops, my sewing box is a collection passed down through families, and salvages at table top sales and friends. There is so much out there waiting to be found! all it takes is people to look for it.

  • MavisandFrank

    MavisandFrank said 9 years ago

    Amber doesn't actually screen print those fabrics, she's selling fabrics made by the incredibly talented Aussie team at Ink and Spindle (http://www.inkandspindle.com.au/). But yes they are organic and hand printed using eco-friendly textile inks. I know I'm a stickler, but I think its important to get those details right!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    Love the recycled items and yes, Food Inc. should really be a horror film! We saw it and immediately stopped buying as much as we could from the chain grocers and have gone local. I have to say it was the best decision we could have ever done. I feel so much more alive and it has added a new dimension to my creativity! I highly support the movement to eat & buy local.

  • brandeye

    brandeye said 9 years ago

    I use vintage linens in my quilts and always use recycled packaging. I have my whole family saving boxes and packing supplies for me! The pillow inserts for my pillows are made from recycled plastic bottled. And I just bought some batting made from bamboo and organic cotton to try out. PS. Food Inc. was such a great movie. It definitely changed the way we shop!

  • GorgeousKarma

    GorgeousKarma said 9 years ago

    Awesome ideas! I sure will try... I love doing upcycle craft projects with my 4 year old girl. From disposable coffee cups to shampoo bottles to old battered vessels - we use just about anything to repurpose into something meaningful. Recently we repurposed this disposable curd box into a pen holder. You can check here: http://blog.gorgeouskarma.com/parenting/before-and-after-disposable-curd-box-pen-holder/

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    Great post! Going way back, I've always created my textile art, i.e. art quilts, wearable art, plus my small production clothing lines, accessories and domestic goods from unused deadstock natural fiber fabrics. Early on the initial impetus was mainly aesthetic and economic: superior quality & interesting fabrics at prices a young artist could afford. Prices for the worthy vintage & deadstock materials have risen dramatically over the years and I spend greater amounts of time sourcing them than ever. Despite the added time/expense of procurement, they remain my first choice for creating on all levels and add genuine value in terms of authenticity, disctinctiveness, durability and eco conscious use of old stock goods that might otherwise languish in landfills. As an artist and craftsman, this is recycling at it best@

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    What a great article! I really enjoyed reading it.

  • skeptis

    skeptis said 9 years ago

    Lets no forget all the ready-to-use supplies that have been sitting around in warehouses for decades: the US, especially places like Rhode island, used to be the costume jewelry capital of the world until overseas manufacturing took over with most in the US going out of business. There are loads of unused vintage stock still around waiting to be used and many suppliers selling them on Etsy. I make my jewelry using these and there's nothing like the special charm of vintage Lucite, glass and the beautiful patinated metals formed naturally over time. As for buying new hardware there are still some suppliers in the US which struggle to compete with overseas suppliers. I use oxidized brass ear wires, wire, headpins and some chains manufactured in the US and oxidized by a US artisan. The extra cost of these materials is worth every penny for the effects on the environment and local economy.

  • ThreeBlueBee

    ThreeBlueBee said 9 years ago

    Excellent article! and thanks so much for my all natural crochet beads :)

  • Dayspringgirl

    Dayspringgirl said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I found alot of stuff I have been looking for. Love it here!!!

  • serlewood

    serlewood said 9 years ago

    I have found several sources in Japan for used fabrics unpicked from old kimonos. I make them into wall hangings with hand-turned finials made from scraps of wood, and a hand made hanging cord.

  • studiorandom

    studiorandom said 9 years ago

    "They shear their own animals and, instead of throwing away the fibers, turn it into a beautiful, natural yarn." er... yeah... that's kind of what you *do* with alpacas. :P As far as I know, they are not an acquired taste in the U.S. I'm not even sure they're eaten in South America, though they might be. Thanks for this post though! I've been interested in using eco-friendly materials where I can... the more sources I can find, the happier I'll be.

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 9 years ago

    I love crafting responsibly with vintage & repurposed materials :) Wonderful article and cute finds!

  • HollyhockAlpacas

    HollyhockAlpacas said 9 years ago

    Thanks for including our alpaca, Vagabond, with these other great eco-friendly items. Studiorandom - yes,alpacas are raised for their super soft fiber that makes great yarn. They are native to South America and are a food source there - have been for thousands of years. I also use the fiber scraps for bird nesting materials. The floor sweepings on shearing day become mulch! We use it all! Thanks!

  • HollyhockAlpacas

    HollyhockAlpacas said 9 years ago

    Thanks for including our alpaca, Vagabond, with these great eco-friendly items. Studiorandom -- yes, alpacas are raised mainly for their super soft fiber which makes wonderful yarn. They are native to South America and are a food source there and have been for thousands of years. Besides using the prime, best fiber for yarn, I use the less soft fiber for bird nesting material or rugs. Even the floor sweepings on shearing day are used for mulch in the garden or flower beds! We use it all! Thanks for all the eco-friendly interest!!

  • Resurgence

    Resurgence said 9 years ago

    Love the glass buttons!

  • fluxplay

    fluxplay said 9 years ago

    Very interesting about the recycled silver stock....I'm still trying to find a UK supplier of recycled silver stock sire and sheet...no luck so far.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 9 years ago

    Metal refiners almost always have to add new material to the recycled metal otherwise the resulting metal is often brittle and of poor quality. It's best to plan when you use metal, to reduce wastage (that's less to go to the refiner). We save every scrap of copper, even the filings are used in our own glass projects, or our friends use our scrap in their castings. Also we've been purchasing small remainder strips of stainless steel from a company that makes counters and restaurant equipment for our latest etching experiments.

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 9 years ago

    GREAT article and items, TY once again for sharing :D

  • FeltedWoolies

    FeltedWoolies said 9 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • Leviyahlithics

    Leviyahlithics said 9 years ago

    The sea glass is beautiful. I love that you have made this thread. In my hometown a new shop opened up featuring artists who use reclaimed, recycled or remnants for their work. I love it. My own work uses tons of remnants and some reclaimed. Makes me happy.

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