A few small changes can make all the difference when it comes to living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Replacing the single-use plastics in your everyday routine with reusable options is a great place to start. Armed with a crochet hook and some yarn, you can enjoy creating some useful products while also being kind to Mother Nature – it’s a win-win! Read on to discover 10 eco-friendly crochet makes that are practical and pretty in equal measures.
1. Dish cloths
Reusable is the way forward when it comes to eco-friendly products. And these simple cloths aren’t just for dishes – ditch the wipes and use them to clean surfaces all across the house. Plus, the crocheted cloths can be easily washed and reused – it turns out, it doesn’t take too much effort to make your crafty home an eco-friendly one!
2. Scrubby sponge
The best part about crafting your own cleaning supplies is that you can totally customise the size, shape and texture. For those tougher stains, you’ll need a slightly rougher tool to clean up your home – try weaving in a scrubby yarn for extra cleaning power.
3. Floral scrubby sponge
Make cleaning a little more fun by experimenting with shapes and colours for your crocheted supplies. This fun sponge is made from a pretty flower pattern to help brighten up the kitchen and cheer up your chores!
4. Beeswax envelopes
Are you planning an eco-friendly picnic? Lined with beeswax fabric, these granny square wraps will help to keep your food fresh all day long. By making these envelopes you’ll cut down on cling-film and tin foil usage plus, you’ll get to enjoy a colourful crochet project – what could be better?
5. Ombre bag
Say no to flimsy plastic carrier bags and opt for a stylish reusable tote, instead. This make is perfect for grocery shopping, as the stitches formed at the top of each treble are effectively ignored to give the bag more freedom to stretch when filled with oddly shaped vegetables.
6. Face cloths
It’s a well-known fact that makeup wipes aren’t the best thing for your skin or the environment. Instead, treat yourself to a luxurious pamper session with these homemade face cloths. Why not try creating a papercrafted gift box decorated with twine to make a delightful present for any makeup addict?
With a clever little handle attached to the back, these skin-care essentials make exfoliating a breeze. You can make them as big or as small as you like, so whip up a few different sizes for both the face and the body. Try making your own sugar scrub to go with the scrubbies for an extra-special treat!
8. Bottle bag
Carrying your own water bottle is such an easy way to cut down on single use plastics, so make sure you’ve always got a drink to hand with this useful bottle bag. Use a 4mm hook from your stash so your bottle fits really snuggly inside the cover.
9. Water balloons
With warmer weather on the horizon, you might be planning some summer activities. And what could be more fun than a water fight? If you try this pattern for crochet water balloons, you’ll be left with a fun toy that’s washable, reusable, dryer safe, and eco friendly, too! Get started now so you have enough balloons for the whole family to play
10. Party bunting
Garden parties are such a fun way to spend a warm summer’s day. But from disposable plates and cups to flimsy shop-bought decorations, there can be a lot of things going to landfill at the end of the day. If you’re planning a low-waste party, start by crafting some simple yet effective décor, such as this colourful bunting that can be used at your gatherings year after year.