Sunday, February 8, 2009

Shopping bags crocheted from recycled plastic bags

After reading the "confessions" blog (above) I found a lot of ideas to crochet and recycle plastic bags, which could be a great idea for Guatemala.
Here's a number of interesting links:

Free Recycled Valentine's Bag Pattern

Joining & Crocheting Recycled Plastic Shopping Bags
A quick video on how to join recycled plastic shopping bags and crochet them.

Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags into 'Yarn'
Recycling plastic grocery bags and plastic shopping bags is nothing really new, but I like to do my recycling without smelling up my environment. If you merely return your bags to your local grocer for recycling, they will melt them down to make new bags. This emits more pollution into the air. I also discovered that fusing plastic bags releases noxious fumes into the air and I don't think that's any better either. So, in comes the scissors. (more)

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.