Tag: eco-friendly

eThreads rePurpose: Medium Pouch Coca-Cola T-Shirt Bag

This Medium Pouch is made from a recycled blue Coca-Cola t-shirt! The bag says Coca on the front and Cola on the back. It has a red nylon lining and red zipper. The Medium Pouch measures 5.5″ x 9.5″ and is lined in nylon for durability. It’s a perfect size for jewelry, makeup, or everyday necessities. It’s unique and eco-friendly because we’re recycling materials — everybody wins!

Do you have a favorite t-shirt of item of clothing that you can’t bear to throw out? Repurpose it! Send us your old t-shirts, skirts, jackets, baby blankets — whatever — and we’ll lovingly repurpose into a bag of your choice! Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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eThreads rePurpose: Small Pouch Hip.Hot.Here. T-Shirt Bag

This Small Pouch is made from a recycled t-shirt! The shirt was a brown adult t-shirt that says, “Hip.Hot.Here” on the front. It has a green nylon lining and dark brown zipper. It’s unique and eco-friendly because we’re recycling materials — everybody wins!

The Small Pouch measures 4.75″ x 7.75″ and is lined in nylon for durability. It’s a versatile size to use as a wallet, cell phone carrier, or mini organizer for your purse.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt or item of clothing that you can’t bear to throw out? Repurpose it! Send us your old t-shirts, skirts, jackets, baby blankets — whatever — and we’ll lovingly repurpose into a bag of your choice! Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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eThreads rePurpose: Medium Pouch Long Lots T-Shirt Bag

This Medium Pouch is made from a recycled t-shirt! The t-shirt is pink tie-dyed, says “Long Lots School” and has a picture of a lion on it.  The bag has a turquoise nylon lining and black zipper. The Medium Pouch measures 5.5″ x 9.5″ and is lined in nylon for durability. It’s a perfect size for jewelry, makeup, or everyday necessities. It’s unique and eco-friendly because we’re recycling materials — everybody wins!

Do you have a favorite t-shirt of item of clothing that you can’t bear to throw out? Repurpose it! Send us your old t-shirts, skirts, jackets, baby blankets — whatever — and we’ll lovingly repurpose into a bag of your choice! Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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Pinwheel Accessories: An Eco-Friendly Accent

Elemental Threads is a socially responsible business so we’re always looking for ways to reuse materials and reduce waste.  We’ve started with eThreads rePurpose and now we’re excited to introduce our line of Pinwheel Accessories, made from remnants of our most popular fabrics!  We’re taking the small pieces of fabric leftover from projects and turning them into rings, necklaces and hair accessories.  Design a matching bag in the same fabric!  All Pinwheel Accessories are handmade in Cambridge, MA and are for sale on our Blog Shop.

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Fun facts: These fabric rosettes have a long history in textiles.  We call them Pinwheels, but they’re also known as “Yo Yos,” “Puffs,” “Suffolk Puffs” or simply “Rosettes.”  In the 19th century fabric was very expensive and people used every piece they could, so the puffs were used to decorate clothes and household objects.  In the early 20th century puffs became a fad in America when “Yo Yo Quilts” rose in popularity.  Today, the rosettes are still used to adorn clothing, bags, blankets and even greeting cards.

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December Special: 10% to Charities

eThreads is a socially-responsible custom-made handbag business. We use eco-friendly fabrics, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, use recycled packaging and all products are handmade in Boston, MA. To further our mission, we are thrilled to announce our December Special in which we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations!

Every organization has a referral code, and for every order using the code, we’ll donate 10% of the sale to that organization. We have many wonderful organizations participating in the December Special and we urge you to use one of these referral codes with your next purchase!

View the list of organizations below and click their links to read more about the groups and their mission. If you wish to support the group, place an order, checkout with Google Checkout, and use the referral code. You can design your own bag or choose something from our Blog Shop. You get a fun new accessory, the charity gets a donation. Everybody wins!

Do you know of an organization that would like to receive donations?  Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com and we’ll be glad to help!

Amnesty International/Boston College Chapter: Code: BCAmnesty. Amnesty International is a non-profit, grassroots activist organization that seeks to protect the human rights of all people in all places at all times. BC’s Amnesty chapter seeks to make students aware of the power they have to influence world events – and protect human rights – through political activism. Click here to read more…

Brady’s Smile: Code: BradysSmile. Brady’s Smile, Inc. was created by Annie and Matt Hinton in memory, love and honor of their son, Brady. It is their mission to help make life easier in the newborn and pediatric intensive care facilities for patients and their families. Click here to read more…

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Northern Essex County/Kappa Alpha Theta Boston Metro Alumnae Chapter: Code: CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization that trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by court judges to represent the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected. Click here to read more…

Deviated Theatre: Code: DeviatedTheatre.  Deviated Theatre is a dance/theatre company founded in 2008 in the Washington DC metro area by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan.  The company performs all original works, created and choreographed by the Chans, which have been described as “operas of movement, rather than song.”  Click here to read more…

E The Environmental Magazine: Code: EMagazine. E Magazine, the Nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference. Click here to read more…

Friends of El Faro/Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage: Code: FriendsofElFaro. Founded in 2000, Friends of El Faro visit and support the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected have found a home here, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved. Click here to read more…

GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network): Code: GENAustin. GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that equips teen girls with the skills to navigate growing up female and to make wise choices. They don’t just build strong girls, they build girls of influence! Click here to read more…

Greater Boston Kappa Delta/Mary’s House Family Shelter: Code: GreaterBostonKD. Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897, is a national organization for women committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness. They support Mary’s House Family Shelter, which provides temporary housing in central Waltham, MA for up to one year for eight homeless families. Click here to read more…

Health Awareness Services of Central MA: Code: CURE. Since 1976 Health Awareness Services has been providing health care and social support to the people of Worcester County and the Metrowest Region. All services are accessible, affordable (in most cases, free) and client-centered. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Environmental Club: Code: LesleyEnviroClub. The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues. Click here to read more…

The Lesley Running Club/Margaret Fuller House: Code: LesleyRunningClub. The club’s mission is to motivate students and faculty from the community to train for local 5k races that support charitable causes. This year the club is working with the Margaret Fuller House in Area IV of Cambridge, MA an inclusive community house that hosts many local events like community breakfasts and a tri-weekly food pantry. Click here to read more…


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November Special: 10% to Charities

eThreads is a socially-responsible custom-made handbag business.  We use eco-friendly fabrics, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, use recycled packaging and all products are handmade in Boston, MA. To further our mission, we are thrilled to announce our November Special in which we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations!

Every organization has a referral code, and for every order using the code, we’ll donate 10% of the sale to that organization. We have many wonderful organizations participating in the November Special and we urge you to use one of these referral codes with your next purchase!

View the list of organizations below and click their links to read more about the groups and their mission. If you wish to support the group, place an order, checkout with Google Checkout, and use the referral code!  You can design your own bag or choose something from our Blog Shop. You get a fun new accessory, the charity gets a donation. Everybody wins!

Amnesty International/Boston College Chapter: Code: BCAmnesty.  Amnesty International is a non-profit, grassroots activist organization that seeks to protect the human rights of all people in all places at all times.  BC’s Amnesty chapter seeks to make students aware of the power they have to influence world events – and protect human rights – through political activism.  Click here to read more…

Brady’s Smile: Code: BradysSmile.  Brady’s Smile, Inc. was created by Annie and Matt Hinton in memory, love and honor of their son, Brady. It is their mission to help make life easier in the newborn and pediatric intensive care facilities for patients and their families.  Click here to read more…

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Northern Essex County/Kappa Alpha Theta Boston Metro Alumnae Chapter: Code: CASA.  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national organization that trains and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by court judges to represent the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected.  Click here to read more…

E The Environmental Magazine: Code: EMagazine.  E Magazine, the Nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference.  Click here to read more…

The Fashionable Gal/Breast Cancer Research Foundation:  Code: TFGBCRF.  The Fashionable Gal is a blog about beauty and has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to raise money for research.    Click here to read more…

Friends of El Faro/Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage: Code: FriendsofElFaro.  Founded in 2000, Friends of El Faro visit and support the Casa Hogar Sion orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.  It is here, where children, who have been abandoned or abused or neglected, have found a home, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved.  Click here to read more…

GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network): Code: GENAustin.  GENaustin (Girls Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit organization in Austin, TX that equips teen girls with the skills to navigate growing up female and to make wise choices.  They don’t just build strong girls, they build girls of influence!  Click here to read more…

Greater Boston Kappa Delta/Mary’s House Family Shelter:  Code: GreaterBostonKD.  Kappa Delta Sorority, founded in 1897, is a national organization for women committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness.   They support Mary’s House Family Shelter, which provides temporary housing in central Waltham, MA for up to one year for eight homeless families. Click here to read more…

Health Awareness Services of Central MA: Code: CURE.  Since 1976 Health Awareness Services has been providing health care and social support to the people of Worcester County and the Metrowest Region. All services are accessible, affordable (in most cases, free) and client-centered.  Click here to read more…

The Lesley Environmental Club: Code: LesleyEnviroClub.  The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues.  Click here to read more…

The Lesley Running Club/Margaret Fuller House: Code: LesleyRunningClub.   The club’s mission is to motivate students and faculty from the community to train for local 5k races that support charitable causes.  This year the club is working with the Margaret Fuller House in Area IV of Cambridge, MA an inclusive community house that hosts many local events like community breakfasts and a tri-weekly food pantry.   Click here to read more…

Native American Student Organization, Wellesley College: Code: NASOWellesley.  NASO was first founded by Native students at Wellesley College in 1996.  NASO works to both support students entering Wellesley from reservations or other Native communities, as well as engage the campus in dialogue about contemporary Native issues.  Click here to read more…

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November Special Charity: E The Environmental Magazine

Elemental Threads is a socially responsible custom-made handbag business.  During the month of November we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations.  Below is one featured organization; click here to view the full list.

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Code: EMagazine

E Magazine, the nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference. From the ‘local’ to the ‘global’, E delivers award-winning, ground breaking news coverage issue after issue. As a non-profit, E Magazine relies heavily on donations which allow the publication to maintain its impeccable reputation as journalistic leaders.

To participate and help raise funds for this cause:

1) Design your own bag at www.elementalthreads.com or view our Blog Shop
2) Checkout with Google Checkout
3) Use the referral code EMagazine
4) That’s it!  Elemental Threads will now donate 10% of your sale!  You get a fun new accessory, E Magazine gets a donation.  Everybody wins.

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Just Arrived: Eco-Friendly Felt!

ecofelteThreads is a socially responsible business that strives for environmental sustainability.  We offer eco-friendly fabrics, use recycled packaging, introduced a reusable shopping tote, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, and now we use environmentally friendly felt in the construction of our bags!  This ecofelt is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and provides a wonderfully soft structure for your custom-made handbag.  We are proud to be using ecofelt and will continue to seek out environmentally friendly materials for eThreads’ custom-designed bags, jewelry and accessories.

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Custom eThreads rePurpose bag: Kateri L.’s State Radio t-shirt

We recently launched eThreads rePurpose, a new service in which we turn t-shirts, jackets, blankets, etc. into bags!  For more information or to see examples of our rePurpose bags, click here.  You can purchase t-shirt bags on our blog or our Etsy page.  In addition to using salvaged t-shirts, we welcome custom-made orders so that you can turn your favorite t-shirt or jacket into a new bag!

katerifrontKateri L. sent us a t-shirt autographed by her favorite band, State Radio.  She wanted a bag that included the logo of the band and the autographs.  We had to create a new pattern size for the Large Pouch that was big enough to fit everything.  Ta-da…the finished product…

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Kateri was really happy with the bag:

Emily! The purse is FABULOUS! I love it!  The purse looks so so good- thanks so much! I have gotten so many compliments on it already!

Thank you Kateri!  What a fun bag.  If you would like to repurpose your favorite t-shirt, email emily@elementalthreads.com.

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New fabrics: quilted waterproof Burberry, oh my!

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I visited my favorite fabric shop in Boston, Winmil Fabrics, and found quilted Burberry fabric that’s 100% waterproof! What a coup! Water has no chance against this fabric — it slides right off.  Burberry used this fabric for rain coats and then sold the unused fabric. So, not only is it waterproof, it’s also eco-friendly because we are using remnants. Plus the fabric comes in these delicious, rich colors which pair into dozens of beautiful color combinations!

I really love the way these fabrics look together, the colors complement each other so perfectly and the quilting adds a nice texture.  Check out this Striped Wristlet for inspiration…

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