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. Circle bag
Make sure you never need plastic again by crocheting your very own shopping bag. This handy tote is ideal for popping your shopping in and staying eco-friendly every step of the way. Use all the colours in your stash to really make yours stand out from the farmer's market crowd!
3. Upcycled cushion
Don't throw that old cushion away, upcycle it by adding a new crocheted cover that will look on-trend and totally unique! There are plenty more free designs to choose from, just search ‘cushion’ in our search bar and take your pick.
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
Opt for a stylish reusable tote for your grocery shopping that will fold up nicely in your handbag. 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?
7. Cosy blanket
Keep the thermostat low and snuggle under a blanket for extra warmth. Our Friendship Blanket project is ideal to work on with a friend and the squares can be knitted or crocheted. This stashbuster is a great way to use up spare yarn too.
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. Floral coasters
Bring slow fashion to your abode by create homemade homewares to treasure forever. This project is ideal for using up fabric and yarn scraps and the perfect opportunity to turn up the smug factor when someone asks where they're from. “Oh these? I made them”. You're welcome.
10. Party bunting
Say goodbye to balloons and flimsy shop-bought decorations that end up in landfill the minute the celebrations finish. 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. Search ‘bunting’ in the search bar for more colourful options for every occasion!