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Wrap It Up

Put fabric scraps to good use, with this beginners sewing project from Selkie Patterns

Don’t buy plastic bags or clingfilm – not only are these disposable materials disastrous for the planet, but they fall apart, they’re not cost-effective, and they look outright ugly. Instead, make your own practical origami-style bag to pop your lunch in, take with you to the shops, or use as a small storage bag in your kitchen. Get creative with different fabrics and textures, as well as with the intended uses for your bag. Why not give your potatoes a fancy home in your kitchen? Or, maybe you could have it as an overnight bag for your cosmetics? Use your imagination, and the possibilities are endless. This project is perfect for people that are new to sewing, as it doesn’t require too many steps, but it’s also great for those that already sew and have amassed fabric scraps over the years.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Welcome to the new issue. We had an overwhelming response to our first edition – we’re so glad we reached so many like-minded people who want to make the world a better place. This month we’re looking at the huge topic of food and, in particular, why so much of this precious resource ends up in the bin. I was astonished to learn that around one third of all food produced for humans gets wasted each year – that’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food ending up lost or wasted. It’s time to redress the balance and start taking responsibility for our own contribution to these scary statistics, and this issue is packed with ways to reduce your food footprint, make more sustainable choices and fight back against waste. So many times this month I have found myself referring back to how our grandparents used to live – buying items built to last, repairing and reusing, being creative with food scraps and living, where possible, within their means. Sharing this ethos, we spoke to the inspirational social enterprise Emmaus, who are encouraging us all to ditch the flat pack and buy second-hand furniture and the lovely Selkie Patterns who want to get us all sewing our own clothes. With these small steps, together we can start making a difference. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor