Discover a new way to reuse plastic bags

What in the world is plarn?

Do you try to remember to take a reusable bag to the grocery store? I do, but I often realize at checkout that the bags are sitting at home. This happens to me more than I’d like to admit. So I end up bringing home more plastic bags and they get added to the pile.

plarnSomeone called the other day and asked about getting a group together to use plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless. This made me wonder about the possibility of recycling and reusing in a different way. I did a quick web search and found several groups that are using the plastic bags and turning them into plarn (plastic yarn).

One website has a great video that shows how to create plarn and how to crochet a mat that can be used in many different ways. There are many sites you can explore if plarn appeals to your crafting and recycling side. Checkout Pinterest for even more ideas using plarn.

I found the book One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul that tells the story of Isatou Ceesay. She saw all the plastic bags littering her town in The Gambia and decided to do something productive with them. Ceesay started making purses she could sell in the local markets.

Crafting Together

We have a time for people to come together to craft every 2nd Monday of the month at 12:30-2pm. Crafting Together is held in Marvin Auditorium C and is very informal. This might be a great time for me to learn how to create useful items out of those plastic bags in my kitchen.

Check out these books about recycling, crafts and reusing items in creative ways.

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LaVoyce Ewing

As the Red Carpet librarian, LaVoyce plans senior events and helps ensure seniors in Shawnee County have access to the library materials they want. She has experience in school libraries, a museum library and county libraries in Texas and Arkansas. LaVoyce is ready to help spark your curiosity.