View Full Version : Join me and knit to save the world!

04-29-2008, 09:22 PM
I am so excited I just came across this idea online to knit or crochet all your plastic bags! Here in Canada all our grocery stores are banning plastic bags and you have to buy canvas ones but those bags will all be around for thousands of years to come!!! I'm so excited to do this! I have added a link on how to make the "PLARN" wich is fun in itself and then you just make a bag or whatever out of it. Doesn't this sound fun? I smell a Knit along!:yay:


04-29-2008, 09:42 PM
I went shopping this weekend and took my own bags. Didn't use one plastic bag:) Where can you find patterns using the plarn? I have no imagination but I can read a pattern.

04-29-2008, 09:45 PM
I think any pattern would work but i think I saw a few on google. One was a top down so I bet it would be pretty sturdy! Doesn't it sound cool? What a great conversation piece. I saw a lady online who had made sandles but between you and me they were ugly.

04-29-2008, 09:49 PM
This is the one

04-29-2008, 10:05 PM
I will have to try this. Thanks.

04-30-2008, 11:36 AM
This is my favorite. You use plastic bags to knit a re-usable shopping bag.


04-30-2008, 01:30 PM

Here's a crocheted one I've made 4 times already. Just goggle "knit or crochet pattern for recycle plastic shipping bags" or similar - you'll get lots of hits to look thru.

04-30-2008, 03:47 PM
Love this idea.

My local food co-op had a get together just for people to come and sew their own shopping bags. Very cool!

The Acme Workhorse bags (http://www.reusablebags.com/store/acme-bags%E2%84%A2-workhorse-style-1500-p-1.html?osCsid=d0ccdff7ebe133683196eec5c76b21d7) are my favorite. Not knitted, but soft like silk, very strong, and SUPER portable. Check out the video of the bags, and you'll see why I like them!

04-30-2008, 05:56 PM
Oh i'm so happy you all agree how fun this is! And i love the pattern babsnelson put up. I started knitting last night and i can't believe how easy it is to work with. I wish i had of seen that other pattern thou because it looks way nicer than mine.

04-30-2008, 06:58 PM
I never throw out plastic bags, until I reuse them. I find all kinds of things to use them for. Scooping the kitty poo is my most useful use. I also use them as fluff for boxes when packing a package. (gosh, I sound really weird. useful use. packing a package.:roflhard: ) I can't think of anything else right now, but those are my two favorites.
I also have knit my own shopping bags from oddball leftovers that wouldn't have gone to any other good use. I use those all the time.

04-30-2008, 07:12 PM
They do make good packing material...but I wish they would ask you "paper?" intead of plastic. Mind you I am in no way "green" but the a couple businesses here have sponsored the reusable bags. DH scored like 20 of them from the bank. I haven't used them yet, but would love to do paper grocery bags. They have nifty handles on them. I like the plastic ones for small trash can liners, but obviously they end up in the landfill. It seems like when you say "paper" they look at you like you have lobsters coming out your ears. :??

04-30-2008, 07:56 PM
Those are so neat! Thanks for the ideas. I can't wait to try the patterns.

04-30-2008, 10:51 PM
Finally, something to do with my cabinet (and I do not exaggerate) full of plastic bags! I could probably knit up a very large tent with the bags I have...and still have bags left over...lol

05-01-2008, 11:09 AM
Paper isn't much better than platic bags.

It takes more than four times as much energy to make a paper bag as it does a plastic one; paper does not break down in landfills at that much of a higher rate than plastic; and it actually takes 91 percent less energy to recycle a pound of plastic that it does to recycle a pound of paper.

And, paper has one singular disadvantage over plastic: the millions of trees that need to be cut down to produce it.

We bring our own bags to the store now.

I tried to knit up a bag with the plarn last spring, but working with the plastic gave me a rash on my palm. Weird, huh?

05-01-2008, 01:32 PM
the stores around here offer a decent discount for using reusable bags. So I've bought quite a few.

05-01-2008, 02:01 PM
Here is another video I found that makes the bags into one long strip. Maybe that's easier???


This is so cool! I don't use plastic bags either but there are always people around who are swimming in them!