Plastic Bags Must Die!

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In a perfect world there would be no hunger, no homelessness, no wars, and absolutely NO plastic shopping bags!

Plastic bags are everywhere.  You can’t get away from plastic bags no matter how hard you try.  Sure, you take your reusable shopping bags to the store with you, but sometimes you forget them in the car and don’t feel well enough to hoof it back outside to retrieve them.   Then there are times when you simply didn’t take enough of them to the store with you in the first place, and you’re left feeling like a jerk because you’ll have to leave the store with those darn plastic bags after all.

I live in California where we have a serious bag problem, and a proposed bill (AB 1998) to help reduce plastic bag pollution.  I’m all for the bill’s passage.  I’m also the kind of girl who will chase down plastic bags in parking lots and on sidewalks – I hate the idea that a loose bag may end up in the stomach of some poor unsuspecting animal, or worse.

I’ve also been known to turn those unwanted plastic shopping bags into a recycled, reusable shopping tote (at least try to, anyway).

Here’s a short video that I discovered on enviromom.com, entitled The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary.  Give it a look – it’s sad with a little humor mixed in. ;)

What about you?  Do you take reusable bags when you go shopping?   What do you do with your plastic shopping bags? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know where you stand. ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | How to Make a Recycled Plastic Bag Tote

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It’s DIY Friday!  I’m so excited to be adding this new weekly feature to the Green Earth Bazaar blog!  I LOVE making things, and I especially LOVE making things using items that might otherwise be tossed into the garbage bin.  DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are fun, frugal, and can be totally green when crafting cool new stuff out of old or broken items.

I’ve recently fallen in love with the idea of creating reusable shopping bags out of the plastic shopping bags I still seem to collect  no matter how hard I try not to.  I stumbled upon the whole concept of making handbags and tote bags out of “plarn” (plastic yarn) recently, and was amazed at how beautiful, useful, and of course, green they can be.  So for my first edition of DIY Friday, I thought it would be fitting to add a post on how to create your own bags and totes by recycling those pesky plastic shopping bags.  I am currently working on my very own recycled plarn bag (that’s mine in the photo below :)), and amazingly it is turning out to look like a bag (I have absolutely no prior experience with crochet, but was feeling very adventurous).  These bags would be great to tote along to the local farmer’s market, or, if made large enough,  you could keep them stashed somewhere in the house for quick toy clean up.  These nifty green bags can be used for just about anything your little hearts desire, and you can feel good knowing that you’re doing something good for the planet too.  These recycled bags use up lots of  plastic bags in their making.  That adds up to  less plastic going into landfills,  and less plastic finding its way into our all-too-fragile ecosystems too.

So here’s the skinny on how to make lovely, reusable bags and totes from those not-so-lovely plastic shopping bags.  Enjoy!  :)

  • Fat Bottom Bags http://fatbottombags.blogspot.com/ is where I originally learned about making these recycled bags and totes.  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post the site is down (irony).  However, I do recommend checking this site out at a later date.  The woman who runs it has a fantastic blog, and does lots of cool green stuff too.  Here, however, are the links to her You Tube video tutorials on making fat bottom bags.

Making Fat Bottom Bags Part 1

Making Fat Bottom Bags Part 2

  • MyRecycledBags.com has a number of really neat plarn projects, including the pattern for the bag I am currently attempting to make (keeping fingers crossed).  The woman who runs the site is so talented, and has lots of other cool project ideas and patterns too.

Recycled Plastic Plarn Handbag

  • The Organic Sister.com has a nice post on making a plarn bag, and has lots of great photos to go along with it too.  She’s writes a really great blog, and is certainly one free-spirited greenie

Crocheting With Plarn

These women are so talented and should definitely be applauded for their eco-friendly creativity.  Peace. :)

Here’s a tip: If you’re new to crocheting like me, you can get lots of instructions, tips, and tutorials from http://crochet.about.com/.  This is where I went to find out how to do the required stitches for making my plarn bag.

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