As most of you know a lot of stores are now using the Earth Friendly type of reusable shopping bags. These are now in place of the plastic sack type that is still widely used.Hopefully people will soon become more green and move toward the reusable bags.
Any type of bag can actually be reusable, a tote bag, a book bag, a sling bag, or for small shopping jaunts you may even just throw your purchases into your purse, especially since big purses are "in".
Well, once we do move more to these reusable type bags the question upon us is now where will all of the plastic bags go that we already have used ? There are some places that will recycle them for you if you bring them back to the store. But if your like me, I have 4 children that I am sometimes bringing shopping with me. I don't know if I can even remember my name sometimes when I am shopping let alone bringing back bags. Also, if your like me, I do a TON of shopping and they don't pack a whole heck of a lot into those plastic sacks, mainly because they wont hold it anyways.
I have found a neat crafty way to recycle and reuse these bags in a very Eco- friendly way, and it is very very durable.
Let me first start off by saying I in no way "invented" this, as a matter of fact, I first learned of it from the "Sustainability man" from Walmart. He had brought one in during a meeting I was in, when I visited Bentonville, Arkansas HQ, with the 11moms, and other blogger moms. He had one, I believe he said his grandmother had made.Mine are a little different but it is very much the same concept.
You can make the plastic sacks into tote bags, place mats, and beach bags, and use them over and over again after "weaving" them together by crocheting !!!
Below I have shown some pics and the directions. Have fun , enjoy, and RECYCLE !! Go GREEN in 2009 !!!
(If you want to make the place mats, just do not crochet the sides together and put the handle)
Grocery Sack Bag Preparation
FOLD BAG FLAT
Cut into strips about 1”-1¼” wide
Tighten loops into a knot.
Repeat with remaining loops
Fold into fourths.
Discard top handle part of bag and separate loops.
Roll into a ball.
Cut off the bottom and discard.
Insert one loop through another and back through itself
Beach bag # 1
Size “J” Hook
75 -100 plastic bags
Sides - Make 2
Ch 32 - - single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each ch across. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in each stitch across. Continue until you’ve completed 32 rows.
Ch 7 - - single crochet in second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in each stitch across. Continue until you’ve completed 128 rows or until desired length is reached.
Attach the handle to three sides of the bag with single crochet.
Beach Bag #2
Size “J” or “K” Hook
75 - 100 plastic bags
Sides - Make 1
Ch 33 – single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn, and single crochet in each stitch across. Continue until you’ve completed 100 rows or so. You want to be able to fold it in half so that it will make the sides and the bottom.
Handle - Make 1
Ch 7 – single crochet in second chain from the hook and each chain across. Chain 1, turn, and single crochet in each stitch across (6 sc). Continue until you’ve completed 140 rows or until handle is long enough.
Fold the side portion in half, match the center 6 stitches with the 6 stitches on one end of the handle. Single crochet the handle to one side and then repeat with the other side.