Tools and Tutorials
The following tutorials were developed to help reduce and reuse soft
Wrapper Cutting Tutorial (pdf) illustrates how to quickly cut any
kind of tube (plastic wrappers, plastic bags, even t-shirts and Tetrapak
juice boxes) into one long string. Then, the string can be wound into
rope (see rope winder images above) or woven into a textile.
The Karma Cushion (pdf) was adapted from traditional Tibetan floor cushions to utilize soft plastic waste as the fill. The cushion has inner walls to help keep the fill from flattening with time. Karma cushions are being made from old monks robes and plastic wrappers at monsateries in SE Bhutan to manage plastic waste (monks robes are also made from synthetic materials) and provide floor cushions for the community. For more information, you can contact the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative.
The Alternating Walls Cushion (pdf) was something I developed as an easier way to sew the Karma Cushion. The compartments in this cushion help prevent soft plastics from compacting too much over time.
T-shirt Bags (pdf) are easy to make and provide an alternative to similarly-designed plastic grocery bags. This is a commonly used technique that I learned from Cheryl Lohrman of Create Plenty, in Portland, Oregon.
Bag Tutorial (pdf) illustrates how to make a light, compact and water-proof
bag. I never leave home without mine. I came up with this design, but
it was inspired by the work of Casa Project,
in Tokyo, Japan.
The Sari Bag (pdf) was designed to reuse old robes discard by Buddhist monks in SE Bhutan. The robes, once made from cotton, are now made from synthetic fabrics and are disposed of by burning, which is harmful to the environment.