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Reuse materials, the circular economy and ways you can make your everyday more sustainable

Be inspired to create with these courses and kits whilst learning more about the use and reuse of materials.

It can be difficult to keep up with all the new sustainability news, especially when trying to balance personal lifestyle choices with your communal and global responsibilities. The sheer volume of sustainability topics to consider can be mind-boggling, so it’s no wonder many of us don’t know where to start. Some of the most common environmental problems within popular discourse include plastic pollution, deforestation, landfill and global warming. These topics are all important and undeniably linked to one another, and there are measures that can be taken in dealing with each of these. One such measure is what has been styled as the circular economy.

The circular economy attempts to extend the life of materials used for consumption for as long as possible, through various actions such as recycling materials, repairing products, and reusing whatever is at one’s disposal. This addresses sustainability in a few different ways: it reduces the amount of energy it takes to produce raw materials, it prevents things like deforestation and plastic production, and reclaims materials from consumer objects from landfills.

bird's eye view of landfill at dawn

Landfills are sites used for the disposal of waste materials by burying them. Most waste materials end up in landfills, which increases due to improper ways of discarding rubbish. Landfills are a major contributor to pollution and break down at a significantly slower rate.

Whilst the pressure should be laid on major corporations and government bodies to restrict the amount of carbon and waste produced, it is also important to make environmentally conscious decisions as a consumer. And if, as a consumer, you’d like to be a part of the circular economy but aren’t sure how, we’ve got your back.

There are plenty of everyday measures you can take up, such as being mindful of how you use resources and considering the way you consume water, travel, use heat and use things that are created through manufactured procedures. But a concrete step which you can take, that we at Yodomo believe in, is to form the healthy habit of mending and repairing, as well as using reused materials that would otherwise find their way into landfills.

We’ve compiled our favourite kits and courses which use materials that were otherwise destined to end up in the bin, all from makers that practice sustainability in their unique ways. Be inspired to create whilst learning more about the use and reuse of materials, learn a new skill as you further develop your sense of mindfulness and nurture a deeper understanding of where things come from and how it’s made. Best of all, these activities offer instant gratification when you complete your project, making sustainability more rewarding than ever before. 

handmade cushion on chair

MAKE YOUR OWN OFFSET WAREHOUSE ORGANIC FABRIC & SEW CUSHION COVER:  COURSE + KIT

We partnered with one of our favourite ethical fabric suppliers to produce this one-off kit that uses off-cut textiles, saving it from landfills. Included in the kit is access to seamstress and teacher Barley Massey, whose ethos of repair and mend aligns perfectly with that of Yodomo. Her online course teaches you how to produce a cushion cover that’s easy and satisfying to make, the perfect project for starting your sustainability journey. For an edgier alternative, we also offer this kit with Hiut Denim off-cut fabric, a high-quality denim that promises to withstand all sorts of wear and tear.

Lady holding handmade clutch bag with painted lip design

MAKE YOUR OWN LEATHER CLUTCH BAG KIT: COURSE + KIT  

Whilst leather is often a co- or by-product of the beef industry, the waste that comes from manufacturing leather goods still becomes a burden to landfills. That’s why makers who use leather offcuts are some of our favourites. With this particular kit, you get to transform a bit of this off-cut into a clutch bag as unique as you are. Pre-punched and pre-cut, all you have to do is follow the simple instructions to put together your leather clutch, then decorate it however you see fit. Will yours be geometric and bold? Will it have a catchy saying written across the leather? The choice is yours, and you’ll look so chic whilst working towards sustainability.

Scalloped Wall Decoration with Diamond Centrepiece

MAKE YOUR OWN SCALLOPED WALL DECORATION WITH DIAMOND CENTREPIECES: COURSE + KIT 

This kit by Art Star is one of their effortlessly fun ​​Hack Packs, which uses leftover paper from the printing industry. Pre-cut for this project, you can help save energy and reduce waste by turning these packs of colourful paper into a snazzy wall decoration, personalised with patterns of your choosing.

Large Weaving Kit & Yarn

MAKE YOUR OWN LARGE WEAVING KIT & YARN: GUIDE + KIT

Shiv Textiles was founded on the premise of sustainability and reducing waste from the textile industry. With that in mind, this weaving kit comes with a large wood-cut loom made specially to be environmentally friendly, along with a selection of yarns and other materials rescued from British mills. Luxury materials that are helping reduce waste? Yes, please! You can read more about Shiv Textiles in our interview with founder Siobhan Martin and her mission to put an end to our throwaway culture here. Looking for a different size? See all the different kits that Shiv Textiles has to offer.

 Upcycled Heart Valentines Embroidery Hoop

MAKE YOUR OWN UP-CYCLED HEART VALENTINES EMBROIDERY HOOP: KIT

A fun project for kids and adults alike, this simple and sustainable Valentine’s Embroidery Hoop uses off-cut leather to make a cute hangable work of art that helps express all of your loving sentiments. You can choose from pre-cut leather hearts or letters, and there is even a vegan option that uses off-cuts of gold pineapple skin “leather”.

Handmade needle pouch with embroidery + sewing kit

embroidery kit featuring handmade pouches, embroidery hoop, skeins, scissors and guide.

The most versatile embroidery kit that offers so many design ideas and materials, this one-of-a-kind pouch uses materials recycled from art projects. That means every pouch is unique in design, but they all contain an incredible amount of tools and materials to get you stitching and creating your own beautiful embroideries.

For even more kits and courses that uses reuse materials, see our Reuse collection now.