Repurposing Plastic for Profit

Repurposing plastic bags and bottles by turning them into useful and arty products can be an easy and profitable way to help clean up the environment!

According to research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, somewhere between five hundred billion and one trillion disposable bags are used each year around the world. The bad news is plastic bags remain in landfills, oceans, and other places for thousands of years.

While many cities and countries are banning plastic bags, there is still an abundance of plastic bags that are littering our our streets, our oceans and waterways. Converting them to usable products is easy. Here are a few examples of what you can do with discarded plastic bags.

There are two basic ways to convert plastic bags into a usable material.

Plarn

If you like to crochet, macrame, or knit you can easily make your own “plarn” from recycled plastic bags. The process is easy, and taps into your creative juices to create one of a kind items!

Projects

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Cute Betta Fish made out of plarn.


Plarn Basket

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Plarn Market Bag

Resources

Ravelry is a free site for knitters and crocheters, and offers many free and inexpensive patterns. You will need to join to access the patterns. After you join simply do a search for “plarn”.

Fusing

Simple process that requires an iron, a smooth surface to iron on, a pair of scissors, parchment paper, and a few books to use as a press between ironing to help remove bubbles.

You can use the material to sew with:

Plastic Sack Tote Bag

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Recycled wallet made with fused plastic bags

Plastic Fused Notepad

More crafts with plastic bags

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Pom Pom Light

Creative Plastic Bottle Projects

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Plastic Bottle Earrings

Repurposing plastic spoons

What a brilliant way to recycle plastic spoons!

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Plastic Spoon Lamp