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My Jo-Ann to inspire sewers & crafters for eco-friendly works
Apr '10
As Earth Day draws near, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is ready to inspire with projects and products that will help sewers and crafters create while being kind to the environment. Whether your aim is to recycle, repurpose or upcycle, crafting is a great way to express your commitment to sustainability.

"Through My Jo-Ann, the online Jo-Ann Community, we see how sewers and crafters have turned ordinary objects into beautiful, eco-friendly works," said Elizabeth Hunter, director of Joann.com. "The 40th anniversary of Earth Day reminds us that it is more important than ever to reach out to the creative community with the tips, tools and trends that will help creative enthusiasts in their quest to go green."

Here are a few ways to incorporate earth-friendly practices into your next project:

• Refresh a group of vintage-look frames with a quick coat of paint to create a chic antique frame gallery transforming any wall from blah to brilliant
• Sew a market bag and use it as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the plastic shopping bag
• 'Upcycle' that former favorite skirt or shirt into a fashion-forward scarf - it's a sensible solution that makes use of something you simply can't give up
• Choose recycled paper for your next papercrafting project
• Repurpose an ordinary shadowbox frame by adding purse handles, fabric and other crafting supplies, then use it as a stylish serving tray
• Select yarns made from natural fibers such as bamboo and alpaca for your next knit or crochet project

In addition, you can support the environment by choosing to shop for handmade goods. Jo-Ann proudly supports Artfire.com as a Common Good partner, to promote the success of independent artists and crafters. Many of these eco-friendly artisans craft with intentions to protect the environment.

Jo-Ann Stores Inc

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