TogetherYes

Sustainability for the Community

TogetherYes - Sustainability for the Community

SEWSTAINABILITY

In late-fall/early winter, Together Yes plans to offer a free series of sewing workshops (3-5 of them), and will have sewing machines available for the workshops. It is hoped that smaller groups of people interested in a particular pursuit will continue meeting and talking with one another. It’s about community, as always.

These workshops will show how to do basic sewing: using a machine, necessary hand sewing, repairs, mending, altering, etc. Just “how to.” But they will also show ideas and techniques for turning clothing and other household fabrics (curtains, sheets, towels, etc.) into usable items. We are trying to avoid discarding and buying new as much as possible. Sustainable from an economic perspective, of course, but also sustainable in that we won’t be buying so much that’s been outsourced overseas and transported back to us at great cost (monetary & environmental). This aims also to show how fabrics can often replace plastics in many items of use. The notable absence of such textiles in our landfills is an obvious environmental plus.

Just by word of mouth so far, we are aware of people who’d like to take these workshops, including some men and high school students. This is not only sustainable for people, but financially important for those who have trouble buying new when something no longer fits, needs mending, or goes just “out of style.”

We will naturally have one of the workshops focus on the use of smaller scraps that can be saved to quilt or appliqué.

If you are interested in helping plan/organize the Sewstainability workshop series, or would like to get your name on the list of participants early, please email us by clicking on the Contact button. We would also welcome ideas and suggestions!

Upgrading the Wardrobe

Old slacks and jeans become trendy handbags; skirts out of style become kid’s garments; clothes that no longer fit become the perfect size; out of date blouses and shirts get modernized; an unsuitable item with nonetheless pleasing fabric (possibly from a thrift shop) becomes something attractive to use or wear; scraps become baby dolls and lap throws.

Some Together Yes members have begun looking into this as a partial solution to economic challenges and waste reduction. Why not join us, and share information and ideas? If you can’t sew or lack the equipment, join anyway, and we’ll help you.

There are many possibilities: the sharing of how-to’s; get-togethers to learn techniques and strategies; expert advice (yes, a professional seamstress is willing to teach, though those of us with sewing experience will be fine teachers as well); finding sewing equipment, materials, and notions for which we pay little or nothing; helping local teens repurpose clothing; workshops offered for any of the above.

Always buying new is not necessary, and it is wasteful. Together, we can find some clothing solutions. Maybe not just clothing either—what about making kitchen towels, curtains, tote bags, and pillows from old fabrics?

Email us by clicking the Contact button or at sustain@tgryes.org to make suggestions, ask questions, indicate a willingness to learn and/or teach  (professional experience not necessary) more about this initiative. If you don’t have time or inclination for sewing, perhaps you’d like to help organize workshops and initiatives to make this available for others.

Saving Food, Money, Health

We are interested in drying, freezing, and canning food. It is money saving and healthy. We can control what goes into our food (no chemical additives), and it will support local agriculture. This is a sustainable practice. We welcome participation from Norwood residents, as well as residents of surrounding towns.

Let’s talk about it together. We can have a newsletter with advice and questions; we can organize initiatives such as small groups to buy produce in bulk from farmers, even get together for canning “bees” to help one another process foods. Some have suggested a preserved-food swap, where we exchange a jar of jam for a fair amount of dried tomatoes, or a jar of bread and butter pickles for some canned peaches.

Please email us if you’re interested in learning more, whether it’s to think about initiatives or just to share information and ask questions in a newsletter. Those who know how can teach others. The short New England growing season is begun; let’s not waste it. Use the Contact button or email us at: sustain@tgryes.org.

Green Renters

Norwood has a high number of rental properties, and this means that a fair number of Norwood residents are not homeowners.

If you rent your home, you may be restricted in the ways you can live sustainably. Most landlords will not permit alterations of building and appliances by tenants (even in the name of energy efficiency). And adequate recycling from home may not be an option (though by law, it is required). Storage space may be an issue, as may gardening your own vegetables.

If you’d like to explore renters’ going green, or share ideas, concerns, and information, let us know. We’ll put you in touch with other renters who are looking for some solutions. There are probably ways to make your home more sustainable; they just need to be found.

If you’re not interested in being part of a group, contact us anyway; the community needs to hear from you.

BECOME A MEMBER

We’d love to have you join. There are no dues, fees, or memberships to pay. No meetings. Most of our explorations and work together are done by email, postal mail, and telephone, according to your wishes. Participate as much or as little as you choose. A robust membership will help us when we apply for grants and donations to help seed projects for interest groups and civic initiatives on sustainability.  Click on the CONTACT category above and let us know if you’d like to join.