In my house we have a lot of plastic bags. It's almost as if we have a tree hidden in our house that produces them. We keep them stored in the cabinet under our sink. Usually you can’t find anything under the sink because there are so many bags. Some are reused but most end up getting thrown out by my mother.
Recently, most of the stores I visit have gone green by selling reusable bags. It wasn’t until they started doing this that I realized how bad plastic bags our for the environment. I started to feel guilty for how much my family waste. I decided to do something about it. I started to buy reusable bags. The problem with this is that I’m the only one in my family that uses them. We still have a huge pile of plastic bags in our house. So I did research to see if there was something I could do with the bags that we have. That’s when I found out about Plarn.
Plarn is yarn made out of plastic bags. You cut a plastic bag into loops, loop the loops together and then roll it into a ball. You then use it to knit with. I’m currently in the process of knitting a purse using plarn. Many stores have started selling things made with plarn; last week I saw a purse made out of plarn in Urban Outfitter. Knitting with my families plastic bags is one way that I’m helping our planet.
P.S. If you can’t knit, most Jewels, Walgreens and Borders have bins where you can recycle your plastic bags.