If you have been following the Textile Arts Center’s events you may have noticed that it is obsessed with Bags for the People

Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that is reducing the use of plastic bags through sewing workshops.  These workshops are designed to educate communities on green environmental practices though creative thought.  By using donated fabrics from donated bolts, old clothing, and scraps one will sew their own reusable tote.  If you don’t know how to sew that’s ok because BFTP provides knowledgable instructors to help with basic sewing skills and tote bag patterns.

All over NYC you see stray plastic bags.  In the parks, on the sidewalks, gutters, subways, everywhere…  Furthermore, plastic bags are not an easily degradable substance.  Conventional polyethylene plastic bags do not biodegrade, however they do photo-degrade, breaking down into tiny toxic particles which can be even more harmful to the environment.  So Bags of the People have made it their mission to correct this terrible wrong.

Bags for the People was started in 2009 by 3 friends who worked at the Union Square Farmers Market and observed an unethical waste of plastic bags.   They began to hold these sewing mini workshops in the market and it took off.  The organization now collaborates with art institutes bringing their mission straight to the creative pods.

Recently, Bags for the People has secured sponsorship from Mood.  Mood will now be providing fabrics for their workshops.  Their next workshop is this Friday at the Textile Arts Center from 6pm-9pm, another in their series of workshops at the Textile Arts Center.  Only with help are we able to reduce the problem.

For more information on the plastic bag problem and how BFTP is helping to resolve it visit the BFTP website.