Pretty Plarn Purses

Plarn is basically used grocery bags cut up into strips and looped together to make a ball of plastic yarn. I’m saving my bags to make a plarn purse. The grocery store that still gives out bags here in California uses brown colored bags. Some shops I go to use white so those are the only 2 colors I have. Once in a while some shops will carry different colors so save them when you get them. This is a trash to treasure project.

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I chose purses that look pretty doable for beginner and intermediate crocheters to do. I have more on Pinterest if you want to see them. https://www.pinterest.com/DeeAnn517/upcycled-and-recycled/

 

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) [Kindle Edition]

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

 

Read this book for free.

Buy the fair trade purses from Gambia

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