Thursday, April 12, 2012

10 Ways to Recycle Plastic Bags

Are you planning to go shopping this weekend? Don't throw out those plastic bags - I've got some fun DIY ideas from around the world that will get the "I need to try this" juices flowing!

During my (neverending) quest to find recycled arts and crafts inspiration the world over to share with you, I've recently stumbled on some seriously fun and funky ideas coming out of South Africa. There are some fabulous artisans being developed down there...like this colorful chicken made from recycled plastic bags from WOW Imports.





I'd have no problem being caught carrying around one of these little recycled plastic handbags of joy (also made in South Africa at African Home).






The South Africans are well recognized for their wrapping technique of recycled plastic bags, which inspired this limited edition Inkuku chair available at Ryan Frank, also made with recycled plastic bags.






Did you know that the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter, including plastic bags, floating in every square mile of ocean? That's why it's so important to support the creative individuals that are helping us all by reusing this 'nearly impossible to kill' material - individuals like Camila Labra in Chile who's boots are mostly made from fused plastic bags. They come in almost every color imaginable!






I keep staring at these bracelets to see if I can figure out how they are wrapped - these thrifted bracelets wound with recycled plastic bags are available from BTC Elements.







One of my dreams is to work with a company like rag-bag, a partnership between India and Holland to make these fabulous products made from recycled plastic bags, fused and repurposed. These are some of the best examples I've seen! And...if you have an extra 4 minutes to watch their motivational video, please do have a look. It's 4 minutes well spent.













It might not be breathable material, but this dress made from fused plastic bags at ThreadBanger is helping to reduce toxic plastic particles that enter our food chain via unsuspecting animals that accidently digest scrap plastic in landfills or on the streets.







I find the color combo in these recycled plastic bag trash cans to be as exciting as those found in recycled magazine page projects (like that mirror frame I made last year). Find these and LOTS of other recycled plastic products at The SPIRAL Foundation.








These massive mandalas on the wall by Virginia Fleck in the United States? That's right...recycled plastic bags fused together. Could you imagine such beauty from something that is destined for the trash each and every day?







And finally, our last showcase of the day is this fantastic recycled plastic bag carry-all from Smateria in Cambodia.







I don't want to bring down the party, but it's important to educate ourselves while we're having fun. When this little guy chews on scrap plastic found on our beaches and in our oceans, the sad fact is that he'll most likely die by starvation when the plastic clogs his intestines (info via Envirosax).








If you're not ready to DIY recycled plastic bags into a little something for yourself, make sure to find a plastic bag recycler near you - like Plastic Bag Recycling organization in the United States. Let's work towards keeping the plastic in our hands and out of the nature.

Until next time...
Mike

22 comments:

  1. is an excelent ways to recycle!
    love this!

    lovely post!
    http://rockattitude01.blogspot.mx/

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've seen plastic bags made into carpets in brazil, South America. What a great bunch of recycling ideas!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Tamara! Yeah, they always make me think of those small plastic bread bag carpets I used to see at my grandma's house.

      Delete
  3. Fantastic Ideas. I love the chicken and the baskets, and the mandalas.... OK. I love them all. I need to try my hand at fusing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ruth - yes, definitely try the fusing. I had a post that included a great tutorial from Etsy for fusing plastic bags if you want to have a look.

      http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.se/2012/03/recycling-with-chevron.html

      Mike

      Delete
  4. no link for the trash cans?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sher - I totally missed that link. Thanks! I've edited and the link is now there. That sight has a LOT of fun recycled plastic products.

      Mike

      Delete
  5. Mmmm, here in South Australia we've banned the bag. Only certified biodegradable shopping bags allowed in our state, and you have to buy them if you want to use them. Great for the environment but I want to make the chicken :( !!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Karen -

      Isn't that chicken just divine? We have to buy our bags in Sweden, too.

      Mike

      Delete
  6. Great post! We need more creative ideas to recycle our trash!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Karin - I agree! And there are so many cool things to do with trash that have a good quality. I'm always so amazed.

      Mike

      Delete
  7. Wow these are really creative! Love the trash cans and bracelets. It's really hard to notice that they are made of plastic bags from the picture alone. Creativity is what you need to go green. Thanks for the awesome tips :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am in fact pleased to glance at this weblog posts which carries plenty
    of useful information, thanks for providing such statistics.
    Here is my blog :: topografía

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello, after reading this awesome article i am too happy to share my experience here with friends.


    my blog - simply Click the following page

    ReplyDelete
  10. Every weekend i used to visit this website, for the reason that i want enjoyment, since this
    this site conations in fact fastidious funny information too.


    my webpage ... can you deduct interest on a home equity loan

    ReplyDelete
  11. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you're going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

    my web page shoes online shop

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon
    on a daily basis. It's always interesting to read content from other authors and practice something from other websites.

    Also visit my website; high paying stay at home jobs
    my webpage - Click Through The Following Web Page

    ReplyDelete
  13. Can I just say what a comfort to discover someone who truly knows what they
    are discussing online. You certainly realize how to bring
    a problem to light and make it important. More and more people ought to read this and understand
    this side of the story. I was surprised you are not more
    popular given that you certainly have the gift.


    Also visit my site mcaffe

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like the valuable information you provide
    in your articles. I'll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I'm quite sure
    I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!



    My weblog :: Günstig Reisen Türkei

    ReplyDelete

I'm listening! And responding - so let's create some buzz together for recycled and repurposed arts and crafts.

Related Post for bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com