Recycle and Repurpose: Upcycle those Plastic Bags
In recent years I have developed a fair trade enterprise in Pokuase, Ghana, working with a group of Ghanaian women, focusing on the use of materials that usually litter the environment. I have taught the women to crochet with plastic bags, creating handbags and wallets which they sell to supplement their subsistence livelihoods.
You, too, can add value to the plastic bags that are tucked away in your cabinets, or the cabinets of your family and friends. Cut them up, create 'yarn,' and crochet a basket, a shopping bag with handles, a covered jar, or even a sculptural form.
I offer full day classes, or demonstrations to larger groups on the use of plastic bags. A 20 minute PowerPoint presentation of my plastic bag project in Ghana may be included.