How to Make an Ecological Bag

An ecological bag is a responsible option for humans who are interested in preserving the natural environment, living in harmony with it, rather than destroying it. There are many ways of creating an ecological bag – from reusing already fabricated materials that would otherwise end up as waste in harmful landfill, to crafting something from scratch using natural handmade yarns or fabrics. The key is that you are reducing or eliminating the harm that the bag causes the environment.

1. Consider the purpose of the Bag. The first consideration in making an ecological bag is to consider what the bag is needed for. Knowing the purpose of the bag will help determine the size it needs to be and help guide you to an appropriate material so that it is strong enough and serves its purpose. Bags can be lined to increase strength, decorated externally to aid fashion and even made to serve particular practical purposes, like being waterproof.

2. Finding a fabric. Fabric bags can be made from scrap material, or even new fabrics. Reusing old materials is a good way of aiding the environment. You can also find interesting materials – like vinyls from old table clothes, or plastics from raincoats – that can help make your ecological bag waterproof, or strong, or more durable. Don’t forget to reuse netting and fabrics from old sacks which can provide you with great materials for strong bags. If you are purchasing new material the most ecological fabrics will of course be cottons and the like made in a sustainable way.

3. Designing and stitching a fabric bag. The simplest design for a fabric bag involves a thin rectangular base, with four more rectangles forming the sides of the bag. The two shortest sides of the base will form the narrow ends of the bag, the two longest sides will be the main sides of the bag. If you are working with scraps they can be sewed together, inside out and the bag turned the right way round to hem the top and give it an even height all the way round. Handles can be made by sewing thin strips to the required length and width, the sewing these onto the main sides of the bag. If any decorations are wanted it is often easier to sew these onto the main sides of the bag before hemming the top. 

4. Working with yarns. Ecological bags, especially hand bags, small purses and bags that are fashion accessories more than practical sturdy bags, can also be made out of woolen yarns that are knitted to crocheted into the style that is wanted. The simplest patterns for knitted bags would be a garter stitch bag, although many more advanced patterns exist for more experienced knitters.