Get Crafty to Reduce Waste
The goal of Stitch It, Don’t Pitch It! is to bring Lexington together using easy crafting projects to create reusable replacements for single-use plastic and paper products. You can become a pro by attending classes or pop-up events, or you can DIY with the patterns and videos below.
Stitch It, Don't Pitch It! is a program initiated by participants in the city’s Citizens’ Environmental Academy.
Together we can make reusable bags, utensils, cups and coffee sleeves the new normal and single-use items a thing of the past.
Problem: 500 billion single-use plastic bottles are used worldwide each year.
Solution: Take a reusable water bottle with you anywhere you go.
Problem: Styrofoam products, like to-go boxes, take up an estimated 25% to 30% of landfills around the planet.
Solution: Instead of taking food to-go, eat-in, and bring your own reusable containers to store and take away any leftovers.
Problem: An estimated 5 trillion plastic bags will be used this year.
Solution: Take reusable bags with you whenever you shop, refuse to take a bag or make one out of spare fabric (pattern below).
Problem: Coffee cups, both styrofoam and plastic-covered paper, are not recyclable. Most communities (including Central Kentucky) also cannot recycle the plastic lids that accompany them. These cups are a single-use staple, with 16 billion used each year.
Solution: Bring a reusable coffee cup with you to the coffee shop. You’ll often get a discount! You can further reduce your impact by bringing your own fabric coffee sleeve. Learn how to make one below.
Problem: A top pollutant of beaches worldwide, plastic straws are small and easily ingested by animals. It’s estimated the U.S. alone uses 500 million of them per day.
Solution: Forgo the straw or carry a reusable metal, plastic or silicone straw with you wherever you go. Find the pattern to make your own carrying pouch below.
Small changes can make a big impact
Want to take charge of your waste reduction? Try these hands-on craft ideas using items you have around the house.
How to get involved
- Attend an upcoming workshop
- Make items for distribution across Lexington
- Design new reusable products
- Organize a crafting party with your friends
- Help with Stitch It, Don't Pitch It! classes and Pop-Up events
For more information, contact LiveGreen@lexingtonky.gov.
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