The Sustainable Fashion Tour

“DIY – Tawashi sponges”

What to do with orphan socks?

(or any other old pieces of clothing aimed to be trashed)


We often wonder how socks become oprhans after a ride in the washing machine… Generally, we don’t know what to do with the remaining one when we can’t find its twin… But Green is the New Black has a solution!

You can make Tawashis: small sponges to clean your kitchen or to do the dishes! Originally from Japan, Tawashis are eco-friendly and economic (everything we love).

Mathilde hosted a DIY Tawashi workshop at the Collioure library! If you didn’t get the chance to attend, the zero-waste blogger Louise from the blog called “Luizzati” explains step by step how to make her spongse in this article and the magazine “Kaiser” in this video.

Materials needed:
  • A wooden board
  • 20 flat head nails
  • A hammer
  • 2 or 3 old socks / a pair of opaque tights
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil

Step 1: Draw a 14 cm square on your wooden board

Step 2: Plant your nails in the following way: 2 cm between each nail and 3 cm between the corner and the nail




Step 3: Cut 10 strips of 3 cm wide into your socks

Step 4: Hang your first 5 strips around the nails

Step 5: Begin weaving with your other 5 strips

6th step: Once the weaving is complete, close your sponge by folding the stitches by unhooking a ring from its nail and passing it through the next ring and so on until the end. The last ring can be used as a hook.

Tip: Choose two different colored socks for a nice colored sponge 🙂

(other options if you don’t have a wooden board and nails available: cloth rack and clamps, Chinese chopsticks, etc.)







You now have a zero-waste sponge, washable and reusable!

To learn more about zero-waste and different ways to give new life to everyday objects aimed to be thrown away:


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