I am writing this from my son’s couch while everyone else is fast asleep. It’s been a fantastic day where I spent plenty of time playing with my granddaughter, what a sense of humor she has. After the little one headed to bed my daughter-in-law and I played four games of scrabble. She and I both miss having a person around to play word games with. My son wasn’t left out, he got to rub it in that finally in the last two weeks he’s beating me in fantasy football.
Today’s Change the World Wednesday is directly related to the following picture.
The good news for this week at first may not seem to be of an environmental subject, but bear with me and see if you don’t agree.
The city, Rockford, Illinois, together with Etsy has created the Craft Entrepreneurship Program
“This “craft entrepeneurship program” brings local etsy employees together with high school and college students as well as adult education participants and teaches them how to craft their skills, make products, build a business and earn money
How does this relate to my promise to bring you good news each week? I wrote about the move to reduce employee’s hours to less than 20 because of rising insurance costs here, I believed then, and still do, that the initial adjustment to part-time work would be difficult, but in the long-term this could be a good thing.
Rockford, Illinois has been hit the hardest after Detroit, in the changing economy, by training all age groups in how to run their own home-based business I am seeing the first step to what I pictured as the best situation to emerge from the current mess.
I graduated high school with honorable mention, went on to work in the business field, then returned to school to obtain my B.S. in Business, yet with all that schooling the one thing I can tell you is that my education at all levels was focused on working for someone else. Sure I took accounting and marketing classes, but nothing that would have helped me to move into the world self-employed.
How does this program help the environment?
- People will not be on the road each day getting to work and back
- Creating a craft business will result in more locally produced products, yes even if the materials may have to be shipped in for now.
- This will offer the community quality goods they can purchase without needing to drive to the mall.
- Crafters will look to use every bit of their product and many use vintage materials when available which reduces new resources being used.
So how does this relate to the picture above?
I took this picture of my granddaughter this afternoon during a quiet moment. If you take a look at the picture you will see she is wearing a summer dress. This dress was made by someone in my town, I spotted it while running some errands. The dress is unique being that you won’t find the exact copy in one of the big box stores. My purchase allows another person to make a living from home, and my granddaughter loves the dress which is most important.
But there is another thing you will see in the picture. Do you see the pillow next to her? I made this for her first birthday nearly two years ago. I pulled fabric scraps out and pieced them together to come up with enough. I created a carrying strap, again from scrap fabric, and the stuffing was removed from another pillow I found. I washed the stuffing before reusing it. The back of the pillow has a pocket to hold a snack or even favorite toys.
This is important because crafters are a thrifty bunch. We try hard to use up every little scrap we come across in some way. There is less waste in production when people are looking to make a living off of their crafts.
Today I was shocked to see this pillow is still one of her favorite toys, one she plays with daily. Her mother and I discussed the my selling these pillows as a result of how long the little one has enjoyed her pillow. I was able to personalize the pillow, make it functional for their vacations and outings. It didn’t use any new resources to make, and no one else will have one exactly like this, even if I should decide to make more to sell. And even better there isn’t a hole or tear anywhere it has help up to being stuffed to the point where nothing more will fit regularly.
There you have my reason the Etsy program is a good thing for all, including the environment.