I try hard to limit our impact on the earth. When I’m at the grocery store, I look for items with recyclable packaging. Sometimes, it isn’t always possible, though. For example, we eat a lot of frozen peas, I don’t always have time to make our bread, and I don’t have any time at all to make tortillas!

I know I need to cut myself a break now and then, but this week we were overwhelmed with plastic. Last week was my daughter’s birthday and there were bags filled with air, bags to hold toy parts, and for some reason, a lot of food bags. Every time I went to put one in the trash I had this question in my head: How long will this be sitting in a landfill?

Yes, I worry about our landfills. I’m concerned about what seeps into the ground and finds its way into our drinking water. I wonder how many big piles (or holes, I guess) of trash will exist when my daughter is my age. I know this worry is kind of crazy, especially for someone who tries hard to minimize my impact on the planet, but I know I can always do better.

plastic crochet granny square

Yesterday I grabbed a bunch of clear plastic packaging bags and made some granny squares. I’m thinking of turning them into a small zipper pouch. It was hard to capture with the camera, but they are very sparkly.

plastic crochet granny square

They just made a dent in my bags for the week. I’d like to fuse my extra bags and make “fabric” for sewing totes, but I’m concerned about the fumes. I am very sensitive to smells and I’m worried about getting a headache that might last all weekend. Maybe if I did it outside on the deck? Does anyone have any experience with this?

recycle: I’m always looking for ways to recycle our non-recyclables, but in the end, I think the best thing to do is limit what we bring into our homes. It’s hard, especially in our convenience-packed culture, but it’s something I think is really important.

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4 Responses to pretty, plastic granny squares

  1. Crafterella says:

    I would say ventillation is the key to not getting a headache. It smells, but outside would be good. If it helps, I would rather smell fused plastic than polymer clay cooking, but that may just be me. I’m thinking about putting my toaster oven out on the porch when I cook clay, it irritates my throat. Good luck, I love the look of the fused plastic and it really is durable, I’ve been carrying my bag for a year and the plastic shows no wear and I am not careful with is at all!

  2. Sarah M says:

    Julie, do you guys ever have a ‘bake day’? This is what we do–for like, 1-2 days a month we bake EVERYTHING and freeze it. We make things like muffins and bread, and sometimes even batches of ice cream or freezer meals–doubling or tripling the recipe doesn’t waste your time, and then you can enjoy homebaked all month! Although the baking day can be a bit tiring, it is worth it!
    Sarah M

  3. Karin says:

    Those granny squares look lovely, sparkly indeed! Can’t wait to see the final result of your work. I understand your worries and applaud you for trying to have a minimal effect on the waste pile. If only we all try to together, you’d think we would get a long way preventing the damage.

  4. Cynthia Jones says:

    How did you do this? I wand to try it too! Its super creative and green at the same time! Nice job! ^.^

    PS. E-Mail me with instructions on how to do this please… Loraine1001@gmail.com