Thursday, January 26, 2017
Green Bag Lady - Go Green!
Late last year I was invited to administrate a chapter for Green Bag Lady. Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly, fabric-friendly project started by artist & former professor Teresa VanHatten-Granath and her students in 2008. Teresa and her volunteers, “Bagettes”, make bags out of donated and bargain priced fabric to give them away for FREE in exchange for the promise to refuse paper or plastic when shopping. They also document the world-wide use of these bags. The chapters are world-wide and my chapter is in West Virginia. The bags are recorded by number as they are donated and a record kept at Teresa's blog. Go Visit! Green Bag Lady!
I asked whether my grand-daughter's Girl Scout Troop would permit the girls to join in as a contributor to the cause, and learn of ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle. We had a fantastic upcycled poster depicting animals and the ocean's damage from plastics and brain-stormed ideas of how we could reduce our plastic use. Their ideas were fabulous!
In exchange for a donation of 2 yards of fabric per child, each will receive two Green Bag Lady bags s& the Troop will receive one per child for a contribution to a charity/ donation of choice or keep in the troop. All other materials donated will become an addition to our efforts is distributing bags! We have more than 50 bags! From the materials donated by 8 children and their parents alone!
As Sewing may be in some of the girls' skill sets later, each will also receive the pattern with their bags as it is absolutely FREE!
As Teresa states it! "Let’s change the world…one bag at a time!"