Photo by Jasmine Johnson
Amairani Galvan, known as Maira to her friends and family, is very much into doing the right things to help the environment. She is a member of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, which is dedicated to improving environmental resources in her Little Village community. This young Chicagoan also has found a new way to recycle.
She started with an old shirt that she no longer wears; then she cut it into a rectangular shape and sewed pieces together to make a shoulder strap. After stitching the sides together and the strap, she added a few pin-on buttons for a finishing touch, one of which reads: “Stop Mountaintop Removal.” The result is a rectangular shoulder bag.
Maira, also a fellow in the 2009 "Green in the City” reporting academy at Columbia College, says that in addition to helping the world in a big way, she wanted to renew and repurpose her old clothing and save money for something more important that she needed. So she literally turned her shirt into a bag.
Approaching Maira, one would not realize that the bag on her shoulder was the one in question. It looks like a purse or a cool mail bag from a trendy boutique. That just shows how much can be done with old clothes and other items we no longer need. All it takes is a little creativity and environmental consciousness.
“I looked at it as a way to reuse my old shirt” and lessen the negative impact on the environment, Maira says.