An easy way to add an element of green to your table is to create a covering made from a natural fiber cord such as jute or hemp. As mentioned in Milton’s Earth Friendly Jute Belt blog, Jute is 100% biodegradable and requires little to no chemicals for production.
I picked up a cute little set of 4 juice glasses and a matching carafe at a local second hand shop. If you want your set to be eco friendly try your second hand shops, stuff you already have or look into sets made of recycled glass (an ever-growing industry).
- Carafe/Pitcher + glasses
- Glue gun + glue sticks
- 8mm Jute Cord (00650-JUTE) (5 ½ yards for the carafe, 1 yard/glass)
- Glue one end of the 5-½ piece of cord to the base of the Carafe. Leave a little bit of the end unglued so that you can later point it upward and wrap the cord over it as you secure it around the circumference of the Carafe. I also started mine slightly above the actual bottom of the carafe so that it does not touch the table surface. This is optional.
- Continue to lay down about 3 inches of glue in the desired path of the cord. Keep snaking it around until you get to the end. You should be able to pull up part of the glued down cord with the end of a pair of scissors and tuck the raw end of the cord into it so that it is hidden.
- Repeat the same steps with the glasses.
- You’re done! Now you have the perfect set to serve wine or water in to your guests!
Fashion has gone green and so should you. This week I designed an easy-to-make belt made from all natural materials. The strap of the belt is made from Jute, the buckle from wood and the braid end from cotton twill tape. This belt is the perfect accessory to a pair of light linen pants, jeans or a classic navy blue or tan A-line dress.
Originally from India, jute is an all-natural vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is second in production to cotton and has a variety of uses. It is one of the strongest natural fibers and in today’s world, it doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be 100% biodegradable. This environmentally sound product requires little to no fertilizer or pesticides and is mainly exported from India and Bangladesh.
- Wrap the jute braid around your waist, add about 4 inches and cut to size. If you want this belt to fit around your hips you will need to make it longer.
- Take your piece of twill tape and apply a medium layer of fabric glue to one side, fold it in half and wrap it along one of the cut ends of your jute braid. It should cover up any raw ends of the braid, which will prevent it from fraying. Cut any excess twill tape from the sides.
- On the other end of the jute braid, guide it up through the bottom of the buckle and then back down so it comes out on the flatter bottom side. Fold it over about 1 ½” and apply fabric glue to secure it. Fabric glue generally requires a few minutes of pressure until it begins to dry. Most fabric glues dry within 15 minutes.
- And now you have your new eco-friendly belt!