This is my first post so please be patient with me.
I have been working with plarn (plastic bags + yarn) for a few weeks now. I would crochet with it when I was a kid and could not afford regular yarn. I recently picked this back up because our town was having a "green festival" and I wanted to make something for it. I was not able to have anything ready for it because I had only learned of the festival a week before and had to work.
When I started making the plarn I got a huge amount of interest in it. People in my small town had never seen anything like it or even thought of it as a possibility. Over the last few weeks several of my friends have been gathering up there old plastic bags they had been storing up and giving them to me to see what I could make.
I would prefer it if we could all use the reusable totes but sometimes we forget or we get more groceries than we have bags or we just don't think about it. It really opens up your eyes to the amount of bags out there... How much trash and waste we have. This is my chance to share with you a creative alternative. I have done quite a bit of research on the Internet about plastic bags, how much energy is used to recycle them (if they are recycled at all) and how many end up in landfills.
This is a pair of shoes I have made from Kroger plastic bags and crochet.http://imgur.com/a70T2
This is a pair of sandals and a matching bag from wal-mart plarnhttp://imgur.com/XzaKC