Sustainable Wellesley — the folks who crafted the Wellesley plastic bag ban initiative, which passed at 2016 Town Meeting, and who strive to support alternate energy, recycling, and carbon footprint reduction — are once again preparing for the future, and they’re seeking crafty types to help them get there.
The group needs help “…creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. “Those who aren’t crafty can rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves.”
By doing some journalistic digging, I was able to drag out of the green group that the cloths and bags will be used at a wrapping table at the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club Wellesley Marketplace in November 2018.
Crafty Wellesley children and adults whose sewing skills range from novice to expert are needed to sew either at home on their own or at a Sustainable Wellesley sewing event. The group has an event planned at the Council on Aging on May 15, 2pm, with additional events to follow.
All are welcome to join in this relaxing, community event where simple acts make a difference. Every year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide. Un-recycled bags plague the environment, greatly damaging the ocean as well as many other complex ecosystems. Since plastics take an average of 1,000 years to decompose, our waste isn’t going anywhere fast, so it’s up to us to help minimize our negative impact on the planet. Plus, the activity is relaxing, easy, and fun!