Missoulians learn sustainability tips on Earth Day

April 22, 2012
Jenna Cederberg
The Missoulian

Armed with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine, Deborah Hayes demonstrated just how easy it is to turn an old T-shirt into a reusable grocery bag.

Cut off the sleeves, then cut out the neck and sew one seam into the bottom to connect the old shirt’s two sides.

“Two minutes,” Hayes said of the process of turning an unwanted shirt into a bag, which can be used to replace hundreds of plastic sacks used by a single shopper each year.

“It’s very simple. You’re reducing consumption, you don’t have to spend money on it and they end up looking so awesome,” Hayes said.

Hayes was one of several Transition Town Missoula volunteers sewing outside Sunday at Missoula Urban Demonstration’s Earth Day celebration in Caras Park.

Just across the park, Monica Dierken was hard to miss in her dress made of 500 plastic bags, which drove home the importance of Transition Town’s project.

“This is showing that one person in one year uses 500 plastic bags,” said Dierken, a volunteer for the Ecology Project Initiative, or EPI.

MUD’s sixth-annual event focused on bringing organizations like EPI and Transition Town together to celebrate and educate people on sustainable living practices. More than 30 organizations were represented at Caras on Sunday.

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Photo: ARTHUR MOURATIDIS/for the Missoulian



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