Get to Know You!

Hey there Green Crafters! The folks here at Crafting a Green World want to hear a bit about you.

We’re wondering what you’re into. What draws you to crafting and to green crafting? Do you make things as a hobby, or do you have a crafty business? Or maybe both! We’re curious, so we wanted to use the comments on this post as sort of an informal poll to learn about you guys! I’ll get the ball rolling with a little bit about myself…

My name is Becky Striepe, and along with writing for Crafting a Green World, Ecolocalizer, and Feelgood Style, I run a crafty business: Glue and Glitter. Crafting with ecofriendly materials just felt right to me. I try to reduce, reuse, and recycle in all the other parts of my life, so why not my crafty life too? I love the challenge of taking vintage and thrifted materials and turning them into something cute and new.

So jump right in and tell us about yourselves! Don’t be shy.

[Photo by Becky Striepe]

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. I applied to be a fellow writer over at Eco-Child’s Play, but was denied. I guess I wasn’t a candidate for this blog, either. However, I do thank them because I found this blog because I, too, like to craft greener if I can. Mostly for safety reasons as I have two children 5 and 2 and I would rather have items in our home that are deemed non-toxic. For instance, I like to have applesauce/cinnamon ornaments on my Christmas tree rather than commercial made ornaments that are painted with who knows what. I am planning on doing a tie-dye birthday for my oldest daughter and want to try a natural dye process with grape juice and possibly other ‘stainers’. (Gonna have to practice first, not sure how it is going to play out. 🙂 I just got my Family Fun mag and in it they have an awesome wallet that you can recycle from a used juice carton. Want to make that! Anyway… I don’t have a lot of ideas, but like to look for ways to surround ourselves with safer things. Great blog, thanks 🙂

  2. I craft for hobby, not profit; it’s pretty rewarding to get kudos for making something pretty cool just from bits and bobs I have lying around.

    I try to make purchasing and lifestyle decisions that lessen my burden on the environment and also support my local economy; but green crafting wasn’t on my radar at all until I started blogging last year – that pushed me out into the “blogosphere” (gah, what a terrible word!) and I found so many creative people making gorgeous recycled crafts and garments and reusing things in ways I thought were just genius and really inspiring. I’m still pretty new and my attempts are really elementary (and often unintentinally comical) but it’s fun to try new things and I don’t feel as if I’m wasting anything if something that would have otherwise gone in the trash ends up there after a failed craft attempt.

  3. I graduated this last June with a BS in conservation and environmental biology. So I know quite a bit about the theory of environmentalism. Not to say that I know near enough 😛

    I’ve been a crafty person all my life, finding projects to be meditative and rewarding. Recently, however, I’ve been trying to green up my life and I had to include my craft activities as well. I just feel guilty when I buy things new.

    I feel like the only way to help others understand and embrace environmentalism is to create a space where they can see how green principles play out in the real world. So that people don’t feel like they need sacrifice. To that end I’ve started my blog.

    I guess I’m just trying to find the way that I can make the biggest change in the world.

  4. I run a green business with my husband and the way we work is an extension of how we try to live our lives, being mindful of our impact on the environment and society every day.

    I’ve always loved to make things but still regard myself very much as a beginner. I love the idea of being able to create something custom and unique. In fact I took my very first dress-making class yesterday! Although I’m involved in various blogs I set up my own personal blog recently to share my experiences of learning to craft in a sustainable way.

    I always try to source second hand materials from charity and vintage shops and I was so inspired by your green crafting manifesto that I worote my own to help me stay on track. When I buy something second hand I feel that its history (whatever that may be) adds something extra to the fabric.

    Crafting a Green World is a wonderful resource and I learn something new, useful and relevant from you guys every single day. Keep on keeping on, you’re doing a great job! Thank you x

  5. I’ve always made things, and was always a bit of a hoarder and a hippy. This all sort of crystalised into trying to make things in a greener way.

    I’m currently selling some photographs and cards on etsy and I’ve made an effort to use reasonably sustainable paper and printing. I suppose I’m still at the starting small stage!

    In terms of my sewing and crocheting, I try to get a lot of second-hand fabrics and textiles (I love vintage tablecloths) and most of the wool I use is reclaimed from jumpers bought in charity shops.

  6. Hey, I’m Lauren, and I just sort of stumbled into crafting green because, as others said, it’s just my way of life. I work as an environmental educator for a park in New York City, so I get to teach kids about their local environment and how they can have a positive impact. Lucky for me this means lots of cool art projects.

    I craft as a hobby primarily, but it’s spilled out of my apartment and onto I sew, knit, paint, and dabble in a lot of things. My etsy shop is primarily jewelry made from reclaimed paper, and a few hand printed cards. I really like found object art, and have jars of interesting bits and bobs found at the beach clean-ups I run. I make OOAK pieces of jewelry with them, and hope to get a good range to photograph and sell soon. I would keep it all, but I just can’t wear that much myself!

  7. I’m Becky, and I craft pretty much just as a hobby–my actual “career” is in music, where I work as a freelance classical musician/flute teacher/part-time band teacher. (I put career in quotes because I still have to supplement it with another part-time job, which is currently at a local garden center.) But I grew up in a crafty family and have been doing it pretty much my entire life. I’ve incorporated recycled goods into my projects for years, and started going “greener” at the end of my college years as a result of getting into hiking and gaining more of an appreciation for the beauty in nature, but never really consciously thought about the environmental impact of my crafting until a couple years ago when I stumbled on the Wardrobe Refashion blog. It kind of snowballed from there.

    For me, trying to craft green is a natural fit, since I’ve always had hippie-ish leanings and have been happily buying secondhand since I was able to start convincing my mom to drive me to Goodwill for my clothes shopping. I like the challenge of trying to minimize my impact (though it’s not always easy, because I do love fabric and bead shopping!) Plus, since I’m in a rather non-lucrative career, my wallet likes that recycling is often cheaper than buying new!

  8. I am a new writer here on Crafting a Green World, but I have been a long time reader. I own my own business, Tiny Décor, where I create eco-friendly accessories for the nursery or kids room. I use many of the fabrics that have been featured on this site, like Mod Green Pod, Tenfold Organics, and Eco-fi Felt. I have always been concerned for the environment since I young age. I actually went to a special magnet high school called the School for Environmental Studies. To be completely honest when I started my business, eco-friendly fabrics were not in mind, but I stumbled upon them trying to look for something unique. You see conventional designer fabrics everywhere, but eco-friendly fabrics aren’t widely used yet. I got excited about bringing something unique and eco-friendly to the market. I hope as a writer here I can share my sources with you, share some of my own craft projects, and inspire others to go green for craft and business.

  9. I’m more a consumer of crafts than a crafter — but I strongly believe that things made with love are superior products. You can taste it in the food, feel it in a garment. And crafting, cooking, etc. with the environment in mind is certainly a brand of love. So I’ll always gravitate to those products if I have a choice and its economically feasible.

  10. I was taught not to waste things as a way of life by a very crafty family. That means I often look at something desinted for the charity shop or recycling bin and think “hmm I wonder if I can make something out of this?” Frequently I do. What really got the ball rolling was the year I chose my New Year’s resolution as Clean out my Craft Stash. I just bought a house, and crafting and decorating w/ recycled objects – I wallpapered a room with pages from old books! – naturally followed.

  11. I craft as a hobby when I can (which is not as often with a baby now), but love ideas for re-purposing materials to make something new and beautiful. Some of the most creative crafts I’ve done were with limited access to crafting materials (in college with a low budget, or living in France in a small town without craft supply stores…) Now that I have access to materials, I try to make eco-conscious decisions about what I do buy, and remember that using what I already have will probably be the most fun!

  12. I live in a tiny house with 3 people, 2 cats, a goldfish, some slugs and various lifeforms growing in my refrigerator (mostly mold, possibly some fungus). My limited space means that there has to be a sort of algebraic equation when things come in, something else has to go. Making something I need out of something I don’t means that I operate a closed cycle. It costs me nothing, and makes me feel mildly morally superior, in that I get to give the gift of life to things otherwise on death row.

  13. Hello world! I’m Mo – a teenage crafter from New Zealand. I don’t really specialize in any distinctive type of craft, prefering to just go where the inspiration takes me! I believe that we only have the one planet, and that us humans have been thoughtlessly stripping it for too long. So when creativity and care merge, you’re gonna get something beautiful.

  14. Wanting to find eco-friendly organic ‘elastic’ and rubber for designing completely ‘green’ jackets for my family. Please help me, I live in New York city, midtown Manhattan and online searches have taken me nowhere. Hoping you can help me : -)

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