Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Plastic + Yarn = Plarn!

Recently my sweet friend Susan Alexander introduced me to Plarn. If you are someone who tries to live as green as you can or if you make a point of reusing and recycling, then chances are you already know about plarn. Plarn seems to be more than just recycled plastic yarn. It's a movement!

As a matter of fact, there is so much info on plarn, it's going to take me a couple posts to feel like I've done it justice. Maybe afterward we can do a plarn Crochet Along together!

So what is plarn and how do you make it? Plarn is yarn made out of the plastic bags we all end up with from any number of stores; Target, Walmart, the grocery store to name a few. Even if you take your own cloth bags shopping as I do, you still seem to end up with these bags in your house from those impromptu errands. As for how to turn these bags into yarn, Here's a short video that does a great job of showing the process:

I have much more to share on this phenomenon, but for today I'm going to leave you with a picture. When I first learned about plarn, I thought it was clever and I could immediately imagine the process, but what I didn't expect is how cute things made out of plastic bags can actually be. Here's a picture of the tote sent to me by my friend Susan. This one was made out of Target bags. Just imagine. If you wanted to make the transition to using your own bags when shopping, you could turn all of your plastic bags into tote bags like this one!


Jags said...

I spun some plastic yarn a while back but i cut it into one long strip, this way looks soooo much easier! I'm going to try it again really soon!

Jenn said...

I saw the one long strip method too, but I liked the looks of this one. I haven't tried it out yet, but I'm already mentally designing. :D