Zero-waste as it should be...
How to make your own tawashi sponge?
Tawashi is another great discovery straight from Japan, a sponge made from recycled fabrics (we have used old socks and the sleeve from a sweatshirt in this tutorial) to replace the commercial synthetic sponges that are not recyclable and contribute to environmental pollution whenever they are incinarated or sent to landfil, and also are a real ecologic disaster.
You can use a tawashi tout clean any surfaces or for washing up, even clean your car.
Thi sis why today we are bringing a new simple and effective solution: making your own sponge with recylcled fabric.
Yet another step toward zero-waste, which fun and easy to make (you can even have your children help out).
Making your own tawashi instead of buying a new sponge every other week could also save you money, around £10-£20 per year.
There are different techniques to make tawashi.
Today, we are demonstrating one technique in this tutorial with step-by-step pictures.
Using homemade loom
Making the loom is actually the most time-consuming process in making tawashi. It may take you up to 10 minutes. Although, once it is made, you can use it indefinitely and make tawshi in under two minutes.
What you need to make the loom
How to make the loom
With the pen and the square, mark a square with sides of 16 centimetres on the wooden board. Make a mark every 2 centimetres on every side.
Place a nail or a screw on every mark, but not in the corners (see pictures below for a demonstration). By doing so you have 7 nails/screws on each side, spaced every 2 centimetre.
To make the tawashi
To cut the fabric
Place the fabric flat on clean table/counter top and cut 14 ribbons 2-3 centimetre wide
Wash your tawashi in machine (30-60˚c) and reuse, again and again...
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