upcycled plastic bags

Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Photo by Bob Donaldson for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local…

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Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

If Gabriella Jacobsen’s design education is indeed, as she says, her “secret superpower,” then it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she’s harnessing…

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Hand-Cranked Sidewalk Cart Recycles Old Plastic Bags Into Stylish Totes

Few things are as emblematic of our throwaway culture as the humble plastic bag. Cheap to produce, easy to carry, and convenient to use, some 500 billion of the things are deployed…

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Taiwan's Youth Are Wearing Plastic Bags as Clothing

Taiwan’s millennials might be taking the idea of “recycled fashion” a bit too literally. The Asian country’s latest trend? Wearing plastic bags—and only…

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Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

PLASTEX \ˈplas-tek\ n. 1 a: A one-of-a-kind woven textile derived from discarded plastic bags. b: Made on traditional Egyptian hand looms. c: A pathway to reviving the endangered art…

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"Plastic is Precious" Provokes Consumers Into Rethinking Plastic Bags

Few would quibble over the plastic bag’s marginalization over the years. The ubiquitous carriers siphon off diminishing petroleum reserves, suffocate sea life, clog drains, and…

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Jolene Fung's Plastic-Bag Gowns Are Inspired by Midcentury Furniture

Photos by Lucy Campbell For her graduate collection, Central Saint Martins fashion student Jolene Fung turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: vintage furniture. You’d be…

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Louise Gray Goes "Derelict Chic" at Autumn 2013 London Fashion Week

SHABBY CHIC “I’m into recycling—it’s a nice concept,” Gray told British Vogue after the show. The designer, who once described her ideal client as “someone who is…

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Ida-Marie Corell Makes a Voluminous Dress from 555 IKEA Shopping Bags

We’ve seen some crazy things made out of IKEA products: room dividers built from children’s hangers, “frozen trees” cobbled from plastic-bag dispensers, and even…

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Fashion. Love, Africa: Fair-Trade Totes Woven From Recycled Plastic Bags

FASHION. LOVE, AFRICA The beautiful, handwoven bags are made entirely from materials recovered by the women of the community. After gathering, cleaning, and disinfecting the plastic…

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Plastic Bag Embroidery, In Defense of Bamboo Fabric, Lifestyle Brands IRL

While not quite silk purses out of sows’ ears, artist Josh Blackwell’s embroidered plastic bags come pretty damn close. Well done, pig. (Design Sponge) New…

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Turn Used Plastic Bags Into a Pair of Upcycled Rain Boots

What better footwear to go with the DIY IKEA raincoat we featured last week than these upcycled rain boots? (They even come in the same shade of ultramarine—sartorial kismet!)…

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