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What’s Old is New Again – Create Your Own T- Shirt Bag



Community Group:  Ecocaledon (project leader Carolyn Vallejo)

As part of Caledon Day 2018 a unique and fun hands-on activity was planned for visitors to the Ecocaledon tent that day.  Evolve Clothing in Bolton donated 50 old t-shirts of varying sizes that were very enthusiastically converted into fashionable bags for participants to take home.  Carolyn and other volunteers that day showed children and adults alike how to use scissors and some creative tying of knots to create their bags.  Many decorated their “new” bags with fabric markers.

Drawdown Solution Tie In: 

The purpose of this activity:  First, to introduce people to the concept of repurposing, or giving a new use to an old or otherwise unwanted item.  Repurposing gently used t-shirts keeps them out of the landfill and creates a new bag that can be enjoyed for years to come.  Second, the project encourages people to find reusable alternatives to plastic bags.  Plastic bags are manufactured from non-renewable resources and, while they are often recyclable, they frequently end up polluting our landfills and waterways.

Overall Benefits:  This activity is a great springboard for discussions about the 3 Rs.  It is fun and easy to make and opens people’s eyes to the possibilities for repurposing other items they have at home.

Project Description: T-Shirt Bag

Here is a quick video that describes how to make your own t-shirt bag.

Carolyn Vallejo is committed to reducing the use of single use plastics in her own life and is also encouraging her friends and family to do the same

Drawdown Solution Tie In: #55 Recycling

How to Get Involved with the Community Group

  • Start by collecting gently used T- Shirts and follow the instructions in the link above
  • Take you supplies to an event or a community meeting to help people make a t-shirt bag

Contact and Location information:

If you would like more information on this project, contact Carolyn at


ecoCaledon Drawdown

ecoCaledon Drawdown helps individuals and community members in Caledon be a part of Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown provides us with a road map of how we can reverse global warming together! 

For More information on Drawdown click here.

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