Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label upcycle plastic bags. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycle plastic bags. Show all posts

Upcycle: When sawdust meets plastic bags ...




Kulla is an Industrial Design Studio, based in Israel. It's two founders (Adi Shpigel and Keren Tomer) remix waste materials in amazing ways to create strong, beautiful products. What looks like a witch's brew above is a mixture of plastic grocery bags and sawdust. A measured mixture of the two materials is pressed into an aluminum mold and then baked. The heat creates a natural connection between them without any need for adhesives. Impressed? Me too. Read more here




Upcycle: Plarn wonderful (plastic yarn DIY)


As I created the post featuring Ruth's plarn lunch tote (4), I found myself looking for other cool things created using this cheap-to-create material. Because it's the epitome of upcycling really. Plastic grocery bags are nasty things. They've been banned in a whole lot of places around the world. But in most of the US, we have a choice. Bring your own bags, choose paper, or choose plastic. And if you choose the plastic, what do you do with the pile that quickly gathers in your house?

Turning them into something that will actually last is a really good idea. So if you liked the lunch tote, here are some more ideas for you.

Upcycle: Earth's greatest plarn lunch tote!


My friend Ruth recently tried her hand at a plarn project. Lucky for me she recorded her steps so I get to share her experience with you! For a roundup of 11 other plarn DIYs, click here.

Repurpose: Targeting plastic grocery bags...




If you live on a certain continent, you recognize the red bullseye a mile away. And the bags ... my, how they collect. There are, of course, other plastic grocery bags in the world ... and they all collect! So here are some fun ways to upcycle and repurpose them:


1. A lampshade

2. A leaf or heart/valentine mobile

3. A cuff bracelet

4. A clutch bag

5. A sturdy (fused plastic) reusable bag (where'd the spots go you ask?)

6. A wreath

7. A sturdy ("plarn" or knit) market bag


PS: I think the majority of grocery and departments stores in the US now collect their own bags for recycling. Some even turn their used bags into the sturdy, reusable versions.