Knitting with Plastic and How to Make Plarn
Once thought of as ingenious and a clear improvement for shoppers, plastic bags are clogging up our pathways to a cleaner environment. Holy Moly, we see them everywhere! The use of cloth bags are preferred by many and we are seeing the demise of plastic. Hooray!
Here are Darn Good Yarn we strive to provide earth friendly products whenever possible, We are incredibly excited that through our collaboration with co-ops in India, that DGY has kept over 1,000,000 pounds of sari silk waste from going into landfills! These recycled materials are not only getting a new life but provide sustainable work for hundreds of women!
PLastic + YARN = Plarn
Ah, I get so excited about our recycling efforts that I digress! So, what is plarn and why should we care about it? Well, each and every day we want to do things that help to keep this one planet clean, safe, and alive so using plastics that were heading for a dump or just roadside trash makes huge sense. Plarn is the process of using plastics such as those plastic bags we see everywhere and creating reuable yarn to create something once again.
Have you seen Nicole's design for a plarn tote bag? It's a super cool way to use those plastic bags and the 80 Ways to Save the Earth Tote Bag Pattern makes a great messenger bag. What an exceptionally cool way to use up those bags and have the end result of a very practical and handsome bag!
And here is this nostalgic video(2008) of Nicole with her tutorial on how to make plarn using plastic bags. And this also shows Nicole making her Earth Tote from bags and the Darn Good sport weight recycled silk yarn. How ingenious to give the bag more pizzazz and texture!
What to Call It?
Do you recycle? Or are you into upcycling? Or perhaps, you prefer to re-use materials, or are they reclaimed? Whatever your wording, the idea is quite similar; in using materials again, we are breathing a new life into things that seem to be only uni-functional. How cool is it that we are not only saving the planet with our recycled materials, but that we also create practical, use-able things!
So whatever you call your efforts, be open to different ideas and be sure to share them with the youngsters in your life. After all, in giving plastic bags another life as plarn or other Earth friendly practices you are also giving life to the kids who will inherit this world. Teach them well and do hands-on projects using recycling options available so that they might have a healthier planet.
Let us know what you do to incorporate crafting and recycling because we love to recycle ideas, too!
- Janis Minshull