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How to make grocery bags out of old t-shirts

Grocery bag of a T-shirt

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With the aim of eliminating waste and reusing clothes rather than disposing of them, there is a new and sustainable grocery bag design. This new circular grocery bag not only saves up to 30% of fabric compared to traditional designs, it can also save fuel, manpower and energy which would have been used to manufacture a standard bag.

The design is very simple. A grocery bag can be quickly made out of used clothes leading to reduced textile waste.

Four easy steps to turn an old t-shirt into a grocery bag:

  1. Cut off the sleeves.
  2. Cut a 16 cm gap for the handles.
  3. Sew both sides.
  4. Sew the bottom.

For more information about this circular grocery bag design, see detailed competitive analyses in the description on this link.

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Main results: 
  • Saves valuable natural resources by extending the life of used clothes
  • Reduces the amount of textile waste
  • Offers an easy and simple way to turn used clothes into a new product.