Just to remind you all what Red Button Project is about: it’s about sharing philosophies about sustainability through cultural movements such as furoshiki and the idea of the repurposed object.
We aim to keep sharing intellectual properties about the material folding arts. More importantly, we aim to show you that there are many awesome people out there pursuing an eco life-style and that it’s possible in many accessible and bite-size ways.
Sweet and incredibly talented Ana, sibling of the famed Dani K has sent through the most exciting pictures of furoshiki. Who WOULDN’T use this incredibly environmental option when you can have this. much. fun.
Patty and I share two things in common. The first is dazzling charm, and the second is a quiet love for the old Qantas blanket. It’s soft, can be relatively compact and is the BEST. SCARF. EVER. So warm.
But it’s versatility doesn’t end here, as a self-proclaimed snack monster*, Patty often has impromptu urges to visit his local supermarket, and has found yet another use for our handy blanket - furoshiki!
Check out Patty and his styling self with a bag full of heroin… I mean snacks.
We sent the fabulous Billy from Sydney some red buttons in the mail and this wonderful and tailored step-by-step guide of how he came up with a bag idea from an old Marvel comics t-shirt. BUT. Not only did he make a gorgeous little t-bag, HE USED SUSPENDERS FOR STRAPS!
Billy? You’re a re-purposing machine. We have SO. MUCH. LOVE. FOR. YOU.
We’ve sent a few buttons to people who are interested in incorporating them into their repurposed items. So, if you’d like us to send YOU some in the mail* (SNAILMAILZOMGSOANTIQUATEDLOL), shoot us an e-mail, and we’ll send some post your way in exchange for a few snaps of the end result!
Every day, people buy insane amounts of goods and ferry them home in plastic bags. Plastic bags, however, are a problem: they hang around for centuries, they cram landfills, and they’re fantastically ugly. What’s more, we don’t even really NEED them. We think we do, but we don’t. The opposable thumb cries out to be used! “I can grab stuff”, it says! “That’s totally why I’m here! Well, that, and indicating approval”. You, however, can’t hear it over the endless rustling of plastic bags.
The fact is, between 50 and 80 million bags are sent to landfill in Australia alone… And 53% of these bags are supplied by supermarkets. This is something most people like to ignore.
The Red Button Project is essentially asking you a question: are you capable of making do WITHOUT plastic bags? Let’s be honest. There’ve been times when, as a child, you carried something home inside your shirt. Maybe you stole lemons from your creepy neighbour’s yard to grind into lemonade and sell back to him at an exorbitant markup. And there’ve obviously been times when you’ve only a bought a few items and decided to carry them home in your hands. Quaint, right? Well the fact is, you can use damn near ANYTHING to carry your shopping, without adding to the billions upon billions of plastic bags already cluttering the planet.
Here at redbuttonproject.com, you’ll see how everyday, unwanted, and occasionally cripplingly unfashionable items of apparel or fabric or fungi have been morphed into bags. It might look ridiculous on occasion, or it might look bafflingly hip; but it’s proof that you can make anything into a carrying device. Scarves, hats, shirts, boxes, crammed inside your mouth… you don’t NEED to rely on plastic anymore. You SHOULDN’T rely on it. It’s an environmental nightmare which can be solved with a little ingenuity, a willingness to think outside the box and, sometimes, a big red button.