Repurposing Carrier Bags

Repurposing Carrier Bags


Helen Clarke


I always take my own re-usable bags when shopping but seem to end up with them in the house anyway! Lots of products are still packaged in single-use plastic and I use this plastic to make strong, durable braided rope. It doesn’t take long to make and has many uses. This way, I’m creating something that I have lots of use for and not just sending tonnes of plastic waste to landfill. I use the cord for things like tying up opened food packaging, an alternative to plant ties and have even fashioned a washing line out of it in my previous flat. On the internet, I have seen people making larger versions of the cord and crocheting into other useful items such as placemats, strong re-usable bags and sleeping mats for the homeless. I think it is important to start finding ways to re-use plastic around your house instead of binning it all; by re-purposing, you are cutting down consumerist demand and cutting waste.