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LIFESTYLE: Recycling Plastic Bags the Atomic Shrimp Way
by Anna of www.halfanacre.co.uk
Mike Gurman, owner of website extinction. Maybe that’s a good knitted bag. But I wasn’t really happy
www.atomicshrimp.com is a forty- thing – who can say for sure? with it, for a few reasons: It was a
something guy with an exceptionally trifle on the flimsy side and in the
patient and tolerant family and When most people think of recycling, making, it had consumed at least a
friends – they only occasionally roll it involves bulk collection of materials couple of dozen carrier bags, which
an eye whilst supporting him in his which are then shipped off to some could themselves simply have been
pursuit of his seemingly disparate remote location to be shredded, re-used many times and finally, the
assortment of hobbies and hobby- melted down or re-formed. source material was a bit variable,
horses; occupations and obsessions leading to unevenness in the finished
– including crafts, multimedia, But there are more direct methods article.
cookery, wild food foraging and – and it’s supermarket bags that
collecting photographs of lost gloves carried me off on this foray into What I needed was a source of
– all documented on Mike’s website. recycling. To begin, it wasn’t really materials that was already at end-
any original idea of mine - I just of-life – with nowhere left to go
Here Mike brings us his take on stumbled across some instructions but landfill - and was reasonably
recycling plastic bags. somewhere on the web – about how consistent to work with. Also, I
to cut up plastic bags into thin loops, needed a different method of
Knitting with recycled plastic bags then join them together and use working – something that would
It seems everyone is talking about them for knitting and crochet. create a sturdier and durable finished
recycling these days – and quite a lot product than just plain knitting –
of people are talking about plastic I followed that technique and with more like a basket than a bag.
bags too – the supermarket plastic a little time and effort, produced
carrier bag is fast approaching a quite serviceable and attractive So I chose to work with the polythene
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