The Fabric Maverick says... Happy Birthday to Mother Earth !
April 22, 2010
April 22nd is Earth Day! Every year there is more awareness of the necessity to conserve and use our resources wisely. Some resources are limited and not able to be replaced. There are new innovations every year to use sustainable resources such as bamboo, renewable energy sources. Green technologies are everywhere! What can the average person do to contribute to this movement? Recycling and re-purposing are excellent ways to start. These habits will become your children's habits. Make it a game as to who can recycle the most!
What are Fabric.com contributions? Check out our eco-friendly ideas at our boutique. Sewing Green is a great book to learn about repurposing old clothing and using organic fabrics. Jean Therapy is another great book for repurposing old denim. Who does not have an old pair of jeans? Check out our new category: Diaper Central. There is a movement to make diapers and diaper covers. It is estimated that for each baby, you can save 1800 disposable diapers from the landfill. Multiply that by the number of babies out there and you can see that this is an amazing number!
Here is a bonus project for teaching your children the effects of an oil spill on our environment!
Project for 2-4th graders
- 4 plastic bags
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- Vegetable oil with food coloring
Mark each plastic bag with a number from 1 to 4. Add 1/2 c. water to each bag. Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and coloring to each bag. and shake to mix oil and water. Add one hard-boiled egg to each plastic bag. Remove egg from plastic bag marked # 1 after one day and peel the egg. Make notes as to what your observations are. Continue for four days, making observations each day as to what the hard-boiled egg looks like. Imagine how animal and plant life would look like after four days in an oil spill. Working with our children will allow them to look at the world with a fresh outlook. Children are the hope of our future!
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