REI takes steps to improve the ecological footprint of its product packaging:
The first annual Geek Girl Con wraps up today in Seattle, WA. It has been an enthused gathering of women, men, and families celebrating and exploring the female geekdom. The varied and creative cosplay seen at Geek Girl Con and PAX will be the subject of the next installment of Sustainable Costuming.
UPDATE: Check out my review of Geek Girl Con 2011 at GirlHack.com
If you are looking for ways to save money and the environment this Halloween check out www.greenhalloween.com and the National Costume Swap Day (Oct. 8). Swapping costumes that either you (or your kids) are tired of or have outgrown can give you more closet space and reduce the demand for new store-bought costumes and accessories. If you are a DIY costume person, check back for other sustainable costuming ideas.
A recent post on Sew Daily offered some suggestions for keeping one’s sewing supplies in order, particularly the mountains of luxurious fabrics that can accumulate. The author suggested that having fewer fabrics in your stash can foster creativity, by forcing you to use up scraps and design projects around what you have.
Because my own fabric stash only includes three fabrics, left over from the Renaissance costume I made for the boyfriend, I took this as a challenge. Spurred on by the theme of “organization”, I dug out the fabric scraps to create a holder for my sewing tools (scissors, chalk, measuring tape, needles, etc.). The flexible roll-up fabric mats (below) used by artists (and sometimes archaeologists) were my inspiration.