A novel way to recycle plastic carrier bags

A novel way to recycle plastic carrier bags

Do you have 170 plastic bags and about 6 months spare? Then this could be the project for you!

Kailey Schmitt is a designer and seamstress who during the COVID-19 pandemic struggled to get fabric so decided to go green and reuse something she already had a lot of. Namely plastic carrier bags, Target shopping bags to be precise because she wanted a mostly white dress with red accents. Or for the more cynical out there she probably formed a partnership with them. Either way, it is a great thing to do to reduce plastic waste. This video shows her process with the highs and lows:

Although I applaud the idea the final dress isn’t to my taste, it’s like many things you see on a catwalk; great for a photoshoot but impractical for everyday use.

For those with less time, fewer plastic bags, or just don’t want a dress made of plastic, you could try one of these ideas.

  • Plastic Bag Jumprope – take 10 plastic bags, 7 steps and you end up with a fun way to get fit and play with the kids.
  • Pom Pom Light – “rubbish” never looked so good.
  • Recycled Plasitc Totes – This one will take a little longer but if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet any size bag from plastic bags then this is the blog for you.

I’m going to start working on my crochet skills now and let you know how I get on.

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