Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Inside the Playground.......

Planet Playground is my on-line store through etsy.com. I sell infant and children's wear made out of recycled fabrics, and organic fabrics.
I love making infant and children's wear. I think it's because in a way, I never want to 'grow up'. I have so much fun mixing and matching fabrics. I try to make all my designs unique, fun, spunky, and sometimes even breath taking.
I am very much into recycling almost anything I can. I think it is great, it is an easy way to reduce unnecessary waste. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I am the perfect environmentalist, I try my best to do what I can, and I feel like the tiniest things can help. We are all human, and sometimes it is hard to 'be green' 24 hours a day.
This is why I choose to make garments out of recycled fabrics. It is one step closer to living a greener lifestyle. I take beautiful old fabrics like vintage chenille, vintage laces, vintage hankies, sheeting etc and make them new again. All of these items are pretreated and cleaned of coarse. I also love to tear apart old clothes and make them new again. It is so much fun.
I am also getting into organic cotton. For those of you who didn't know, organic cotton is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Approx 25% of the worlds pesticides come from traditionally grown cotton. It is very hard to find resources to buy organic fabrics, and it is very expensive for a small store like me, which is why I am currently focusing on recycling fabrics at this time.
The Planet Playground Team
I am the designer, seamstress, merchandiser etc etc. My parents (who live 4 hours away) are a big help with this business. My wonderful mother is the one who finds me most of my unique fabrics. She also gives me suggestions when I have room for improvement in my store (and she is my mother so of coarse I listen to her...most of the time lol) My father is my business adviser who gives me tips and advice and the most interesting stories of when he first started up his successful business many years ago. And then there is my wonderful boyfriend who drives me to see my fabric buyer and business adviser and escorts me to shows where we sell our product.
It is a great team. And it shows through our product.
Please see our store at