Green Projects - Reusable Tote Bags
January 14, 2011
Last Tuesday night was the first of a monthly series of awesome craft nights for teens that focus on using recycled materials. Our first project was making reusable tote bags out of old plastic shopping bags, which we did by fusing together layers of plastic bags with an iron and then sewing them together. The results were amazing, and as you can see, there was a lot of creativity going on as we experimented with layering the plastic. It was neat to see all of the different approaches, and by the end of the evening, I’d like to think that everyone had begun to think about the plastic bags just a little tiny bit differently (maybe).
In order to create a beautiful final product, we had to look beyond the function of the lowly plastic shopping bags and appreciate their aesthetic qualities; such as the wide variety of different colors, textures, and graphics that we found on them. Maybe that makes me sound like a big dork, but everyone did a great job with this; and it’s a little hard to believe that these were once just a pile of old plastic bags, bound for the trash (or hopefully recycling). Beyond that, this project really made me realize how much plastic is on and around everything we buy, and how much of that sadly usually just gets thrown away. From a glass half full point of view though, I guess that just means more free art supplies for intrepid recyclers.
The next Green Projects program will be on Tuesday February 8th at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss it! Our project that night is going to be making jewelry (think bracelet, chokers, or even belts) out of the little metal tabs that open soda pop cans. Super cool, and super easy once you get the hang of weaving them together. There should be a sample coming to the branch soon. Register now! Green Projects is open to teens ages 12-18. Please contact branch staff for information about specific projects.
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