|photo credit: Eug (conferre)|
As you know, I’m working on eliminating ziplocs/little plastic baggies from our lives. I’ve been using plastic containers (pseudo tupperwares) as a reusable alternative, but as I phase out tupperwares and phase in glass, containers are not a perfect alternative to ziplocs because glass is so heavy.
So I was excited to find these FlipFlap Sacks by TheGreenCat on Etsy, made by hand. To make them, Cat uses fabric from discarded umbrellas, otherwise destined for the landfill. They’re beautiful, affordable, extremely compact (I was sent two in a regular business envelope) and well-made. Their size and weight are particularly exciting thing for me, as the little tupperwares seem to always do crazy things in my cupboard. They’re also machine washable.
Here’s what Cat writes about the story of the FlipFlap Sacks:
“I've always hated seeing useful items go to the landfill. I do my best to reuse and repurpose items.
I work in Times Square. On rainy days there seems to be a vendor on every corner selling $3 umbrellas. These umbrellas are no match for the gusty winds that can tear down the streets of Manhattan in a sudden storm. The discarded broken umbrellas are a frequent sight on the sidewalks during a rainstorm. Last year I got the idea to strip the fabric off the umbrellas and make them into something useful and thus the Blustery Day FlipFlap Sack was born. On rainy days I make sure to carry my small scissors, a pair of gloves and a plastic bag. This way I am ready to strip abandoned umbrellas no matter where I find them. I get some funny looks from bypassers but I always smile, knowing I'm keeping something out of the landfill for a while.”
And, our first giveaway here at Concrete Gardener, compliments of TheGreenCat: Leave a comment about how you’re thinking about reducing the amount of trash you produce (whatever your context-- it’s ok!), I’ll write down each of your names on pieces of paper and whichever commenter’s name Noah tries to eat first will receive one complimentary bag. Winner will be drawn and announced a week from today. You can even choose between purple and red!
|Photo credit: Eug (Conferre)|
*Update: Noah chose Tiff as our bag winner!*