Sunshine Coast – Eco-Conscious Creative Bag Making – 28 February

Our amazing students used their creative minds for an environmentally conscious fashion project!

In a world that is increasingly aware of environmental issues, the concept of upcycling has gained significant traction. One conscious, creative and eco-friendly way to contribute to this movement is by making your own reusable bag from secondhand t-shirts. This not only reduces the amount of textile waste that goes into the environment, but also provides a conscious, stylish and functional alternative to single-use plastic bags.

Eco-conscious living can be described as a mindset and practice that is developed from a concern for the environment in which we live. As an individual, swapping out nonrecyclable and polluting materials is one simple step that can be taken toward reducing our environmental impact. Some simple examples of day-to-day items that can be utilised are organic/cotton shopping bags, bamboo cutlery and reusable coffee cups and water bottles.

Plastic bags cause many negative effects for us and the environment. Plastic waste affects all types of biomes and organisms. These consequences can be seen all over the world and are a multinational, worldwide issue that must be addressed. Plastic bags continually cause harm to natural environments from the beginning to the end of their life cycle. Turtles have been especially affected by plastic bags in the ocean. Turtles have been known to confuse plastic bags for jellyfish (one of their common food sources) and eat them unknowingly. Over half of the world’s sea turtles ingest plastic in their lifetime…

Our wonderful eco-conscious students embarked on their own creative and eco-conscious journey to reduce waste and make a positive environmental impact. Transforming second-hand t-shirts into reusable bags is a fun and practical way to contribute to a greener planet and is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing eco-friendly bags! It’s a small step that collectively makes a significant impact, showcasing that eco-conscious choices can be both stylish and accessible. Check out our wonderful student’s efforts!

Creative Bag Making

All we needed for this creative project was a pair of scissors, our secondhand t-shirt and our creative minds!

Creative Reusable Bag Making 7 Scaled

Firstly, we laid the t-shirts flat in order to measure and cut the fabric, we then cut off the bottom hem. We then cut inch-wide strips vertically along the bottom of the t-shirt. We then stretched the material and knotted the strips together to form the tassels.

Creative Reusable Bag Making 5 Scaled

The final step was creating the handles, for this, we simply cut the sleeves off above the hem to create a simple finished look. The students did an amazing job of creating their own bags and also of supporting each other throughout the workshop.

Creative Reusable Bag Making 6 Scaled

Not only do the students now have a beautiful one-of-a-kind “Australian-made” bag to take on their next adventure, but they will also be wearing a conversation starter about sustainability and the importance of repurposing items!

If you are interested in understanding more about how we can, and must, protect nature from harm, please check out Australian Conservation Foundation where you can join a community of over half a million people in the action to protect Australia’s big back yard!


“The world doesn’t need a handful of people doing sustainable living perfect; we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”  Nurcha


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