Rockford area businesses and organizations spend the day talking about sustainability.

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ROCKFORD (WREX)— Numerous Rockford organizations and businesses take time out of their day to teach and learn about environmental sustainability.

The city of Rockford wants you to be more educated on sustainable living. That’s the overarching goal of Saturday’s second annual Rockford Sustainability Summit.

Several area businesses and organizations opened their doors for residents to come and learn about many different topics relating to sustainability. Sessions were held at many locations including the Rockford Public Library, Just Goods Listening Room, and Lucette Salon & Boutique.

Those who attended the drop-in session at the downtown branch of the Rockford Public Library had the chance to sew their own grocery bags made from recycled t-shirts. The attendees utilized the equipment in the library’s “Maker’s Lab” and took time to practice sewing, many for the first time.

Volunteers say the activity isn’t just “green,” but teaches an invaluable life skill.

“If you can learn how to sew you can fix your own clothes,” says Sarah Letsinger, Sustainability Summit Volunteer.  “Then you don’t spend money on new things when you can easily repair something that you already have and save money, in turn save the planet.”

Sessions across town began at 10 in the morning and wrapped up around midnight.


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