Sewing Green

Hurfeysh High School Israel



ruthie sobel

Step 1 FEEL

We researched the issue of waste in the neighborhood and at the school. We discovered that our fashion consumer habits contribute quite a bit to the pollution of the environment - old clothes are thrown away and accumulate, and we keep buying more new clothes. We also still use too many plastic bags

We felt that the change should begin with us by changing these habits

FIrst of all us, and of course our community


WE looked at waste in our community, from electronic waste to food to plastic and clothes. We thought about where we personally waste more than we need to and decided that that's where we should focus our efforst

Imagine What if we reused old clothes and fabrics and made reusable bags. We could encourage people to use them instead of plastic bags.

Step 3DO

We recruited seamstresses from the village who were so into the project They donated material and even sewing machines! We met at school to plan the activity. They taught us how to sew bags from recycled fabric Each teacher received a gift cloth bag.

Soon, the idea spread in the village, and everyone wanted to take part! What began as a little initiative to change our habits became an integral activity of the entire school and village life.


What began as something we wanted to do for ourselves, we ended up building a community around us. We not only changed ourselves, we learned how to sew!

We need to recruit more resources and do more in the community to stop the unnecessary waste that we create


Responsible consumption and production

WE need to think about how our habits impact the environment

Step 4 SHARE

We have shared it with all the students, the municipality and religious leaders and amongst all the seamstresses in the village. We've expanded the project which was a 10th grade project to be shared now from 9th-12th grade

More than 100

we are expanding our current operation by recruiting more students, parents, teachers and seamstresses