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.
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.