Repurposing Grocery Bags for a Greater Use

So last year I had come across an article about a group of older women giving back to the community by repurposing or recycling grocery bags into a medium generally called plarn (plastic yarn).  I had been hoarding a great number of plastic grocery bags (about four bags worth) and last Sunday I spent a great deal finally tackling this project.  Now, for those who do not know my husband, he constantly questions not only my purpose for a particular project but in the past has probably questioned my sanity.  So you can imagine, as I am surrounded by multiple plastic bags full of plastic….well….I’m sure I can understand the humor.

I have taken a few pictures of the steps taken to harvest such material.  I have never considered myself a fantastic photographer.  Youtube?  Yeah forget it but hey I made the attempt to document the steps the best of my ability while trying to avoid further teasing from my significant other.  First I’m going to share the illustration that I found online then the actual photos of each step.

step by step visual instructions on how to set up your bag for creating plarn. Image credited to http://www.plasticbagcrafts.com/make-plarn/

So as you can see it is looks pretty straight forward and definitely easier than how I planned to do it (cutting the physical strips).  So far I still need to figure out how to utilize the entire bag rather than having a small strip from the bottom and the handles left still to be in the landfill.  Still a significant amount of plastic reused for another purpose.

So far I have a ball of plarn roughly the size of a softball.  I am currently torn whether to make a stronger reusable grocery bag for myself or a basket of some kind.  The ladies I mentioned at the beginning of this article donated a good portion of their time using this same kind of material to make reusable sleeping mats for the homeless and also I think I had read somewhere where the same mats were used for animal shelters but I can’t remember for sure. Just to share the reference here is the original source about the older ladies making the mats. Pretty cool stuff.

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