If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I like to post the odd environmental invention, something that usually involves either re-appropriating garbage in a clever way, or selling something that causes less waste to be produced in the first place.
However, this video I came across is something that I could actually make myself! Apparently, these women came up with a simple, ingenious idea to reuse the hundreds of plastic bags people waste after doing their shopping. They found a way to crochet them into mats, which they donate to homeless people.
That actually looks like fun!
Now, luckily, the problem of plastic bags is not so dire here in Germany. The shopping bags people use are large, hardy and reusable, if they even use plastic shopping bags at all, and not those cloth carriers. I doubt I would purchase enough plastic bags in a year to be able to make half a mat.
However, in the States, I still see my family double bagging their shopping in those flimsy little plastic bags featured in the video, and then throwing them in the garbage once they get home. Next time I’m there, I’ve found myself a project!