Some hobbies involve a lot of waste, but others are extremely eco-friendly. For anyone who is interested in living a greener lifestyle, choosing an eco-friendly hobby simply makes sense. Even a hobby that isn’t traditionally green, can have an eco-makeover once someone with the desire to have a smaller carbon footprint starts to enjoy it.
Knitting and Crocheting Can Be Eco-Friendly
About ten years ago, knitting and crochet fans began to get interested in creating yarn from plastic grocery bags. Today, many people still enjoy making reusable crochet tote bags, from yarn that was once just a few flimsy plastic bags destined for landfill. Textile artists also recycle plastic grocery bags: They fuse a stack of bags together to form waterproof fabric that they turn into totes, place mats, or even apparel.
Another way crafters stay green with their knitting or crocheting hobbies, is to recycle garments to find yarn for their projects. While unravelling items that were crocheted or knitted in the past, is an obvious way to recycle garments. Generations of hobbyists also cut cloth garments into strips and crocheted or knitted with the fabric. My great grandmother and great aunt crocheted beautiful rag rugs from fabric strips.
Mixed Media Artists, Dollhouse Decorators and Other Hobbyists Recycle Trash
Most people look at bottle caps or buttons on the sidewalk and see trash, while mixed media artists see a backing for a beautiful piece of jewellery, or the piece they’ve been hunting for to finish off a piece of bird art. People who create miniature scenes see the top of a little footstool or a round picture frame.
People Who Restore Vintage Vehicles Prefer to Recycle Parts
As anyone who restores vintage cars or motorcycles knows, being able to do the restoration with genuine parts from the era is a dream come true. These hobbyists check classifieds, estate sales, junk yards and more, in their search for parts they can use to restore their vehicles.
People who have a passion for restoring old homes also usually prefer to recycle old parts from salvage yards, or refurbish items in the homes instead of buying new products to do the job. When they do need to buy a new product, they often look for green alternatives.
Organic Gardening Can Be a Green Hobby
Not everyone who is interested in organic gardening as a hobby is also interested in pursuing the hobby in an eco-friendly manner. However, the majority of these people are very conscious of their carbon footprints and try to recycle items, or use earth friendly products, as much as possible. Some examples of green gardening include swapping seeds and plants with other local gardeners, using cardboard as mulch, and salvaging cement blocks and windows to make cold frames.
Almost any hobby can be enjoyed in a way that reduces carbon footprints, recycles materials that would have ended up in a landfill, or helps the environment in another way. The key is to be creative and adaptable as you pursue your hobby. Whether you enjoy building models, geo-caching, or dancing; you can find a way to be a little greener as you relax and have fun.