DAY 46: World Oceans Day

According to worldoceansday.org 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans, including millions of plastic bags. I do keep and reuse our plastic bags but today I am going one step further turning my plastic bags into plarn- plastic yarn.

I decided I needed a new plarn fruit bowl.

Step 1: Grab a plastic bag

Step 1: Grab a plastic bag

Step 2: Fold the bag in half

Step 2: Fold the bag in half

Step 3: Fold the bag in half again

Step 3: Fold the bag in half again

Step 4: Cut off the bottom seam and the handles. Keep these to use to stuff other projects later.

Step 4: Cut off the bottom seam and the handles. Keep these to use to stuff other projects later.

Step 5: Take the folded bag and cut across into small strips about 1.5 - 2cm wide.

Step 5: Take the folded bag and cut across into small strips about 1.5 – 2cm wide.

Step 6: Your strips should look like this.

Step 6: Your strips should look like this.

Step 7: Unfold your strips

Step 7: Unfold your strips

Step 8:  You are going to loop the strips together. Lay the strips together as shown here.

Step 8: You are going to loop the strips together. Lay the strips together as shown here.

Step 9: Loop one strip over the other as shown.

Step 9: Loop one strip over the other as shown.

Step 10: Pull loop through.

Step 10: Pull loop through.

I used an 8mm crochet hook and crocheted a circle in the round increasing gradually using single crochet. When I reached the size base I wanted, I switched to double crochet in each stitch around. I used 10 plastic bags and my plarn ran out on the very last stitch (can you believe it??). I used 4 white bags to crochet around the top.

Completed bowl/basket

Completed bowl/basket

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22 thoughts on “DAY 46: World Oceans Day

  1. Magnificent! And well done, you! I am obsessed with recycling and even re-use my plastic supermarket fruit bags (the see-through ones) until they fall apart. For my general shopping I’ve got my own canvas bags, which I’ve had for years. Very little in my house gets wasted, including garden waste, which is made into compost or taken to local amenity tip for recycling there.

    You’ve got so many wonderful ideas here that I don’t know which one to try first!

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  2. I will have to keep this in mind if I ever find myself overloaded with plastic bags! Thanks for posting, loved how you showed how to make the bags into pieces able to be crocheted!

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