What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Plastic Bag Crochet

Earth Day 2010 is fast approaching so I thought a recycling post would be rather fitting.  Plastic shopping bags are not environmentally friendly.  In the past several years many have been turning to re-usable cloth shopping bags or baskets.  Some municipalities such as the Greater Toronto Area in an attempt to reduce the number of shopping bags used have passed bylaws that stores must charge the customer 5¢ for each plastic shopping bags.  This concept is not a new one as some grocery stores have been charging for plastic grocery bags for quite some time. 

Enterprising crafters have turned to recycling plastic shopping bags into useful items.  The plastic bags can be cut into strips.  The strips are then joined together to form a long chain of yarn.  Crotchet is a popular way to turn the plastic yarn.  Here is a good video showing the joining technique and a few items you can make. 

Garden Gnome


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I've never fancied wearing anything made out of the bags, but making a more robust shopping bag seems like a good idea.