Friday, 25 May 2012
Recycling in a recycled bag
It is MJ's responsibility to put our empty plastic, cardboard, glass and tin packaging into the various bins but I needed a place to store them between use and bin.
I have had this idea in my head for awhile, a bag made from Capri sun containers. I'm sure I saw something similar when on holiday last year but I can't remember exactly. So we have been saving our Capri sun containers until we had 19 (i think). Slicing each at the bottom so we could wash and dry them thoroughly.
I thought it would be a fun idea, a recycling bag made from recycled packaging and I knew making it would capture MJ's attention...which it did. He helped me tape them together into the right arrangement before using a big zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to sew them together. My tip in sewing them together is to use a heavy duty needle...I got through 3 needles!
This photo shows the net pattern before sewing up the corners.
It has worked really well as I hang it on a hook in the kitchen, it stores a couple of days packaging and then MJ can carry it all outside together before sorting. He is not always willing but always does a good job and quite often when he comes back inside he tells me that a grown up has said 'hello' to him in passing which he rather likes!