Plastic bag free shopping
The village of Overton was one of the first to go free following the lead of thevillage of Modburyin Devon. The local Co op in Overton charges 5p for a shopping bag if customers request one and these are made of GM free cornstarch. The bags are bio replica watches uk degradable compostable. They encourage their customers to bring their own bags but also provide re usable fabric bags. Leaflets are diplayed at each till with the title say to plastic bags? of the facts listed include:
8 billion plastic bags are used by shoppers in Britain every year
A couple ofSaturdaysago Iwent to Islington to pick up equipment materials from The Make Lounge where I been teaching mosaic. I wandered aroundstalls selling vintage china in and around Camden Passage sourcing some china plates for mosaic. I then went to Cass Arts t replica watches uk o buy some art supplies finally found Loop nearby which is a knitting shop (with a difference). I really want to do one of Julie Arkell workshops there dress a papier mache rabbit with knitted hand stitched clothing!
There was a Good Food Festival on Islington Green where I discovered crochet bags by Plastique Bague. Hand made from recycledplastic bags in a range of styles, they are available to buy on Etsy.
I bought a knitted shopping bag a couple of months ago from a wonderful shop in Brighton. It knitted from plastic bags. Apparently they stretch alot once there insideso have to be made smaller in size!
I went to Hastings yesterday enjoyed the music festival carnival in and around Warrior Square Gardens. There were market stalls too I spotted some handmade fabric bags made by locally basedCarry a Bag. I seen them before they are made from donated recycled fabric printed on or appliqued. I almost bought one but instead added to my fabric bag collection with one sourced from a charity shop.
Giant willow tissue paper flowers in St Leonards street
There was a really good arts event in Warrior Gardens involving an especially adapted tent. The project was funded by the Arts Council and involved artist Sally Booth. The sides of the tent were made from transparent fabric replica watches uk that could be drawn on. Sally had started the drawing and children were invited to take part drawing what they could see through the fabric.
The Drawing Tent in Warrior Square Gardens, St Leonards on Sea
Last Sunday I went through Newington Green on my way to Finsbury Park RISE festival. There was a spot of whale building going on (using willow)and free reuseable and fairtrade fabric shopping bags werebeing distributed with love plastic bag free Newington Green printed on.
Children were busily customising fabric bags with pen drawings and there was a live jazz band playing in the background!
Also, the local Tesco Express had a poster on the window saying that they were going plasticbag free for a week.
Poster in window of Tesco Express, Newington Green
Lewisham Arthouse will open it doors on theweekend of 4th 5th October 2008 for Open Studios. Meet painters, photographers,textile artists, designers, ceramicists, potters One Bag project will be launched during the Open Studios weekend. Artists have been invited to make art on reuseable fabric bags. These one off bags will be for sale over the two days.
The public are invited to take part too. Plain fabric bags will be available to buy for customising either on the day or later at home. Photos of finished bags will be displayed in an online One Bag gallery on the Lewisham Arthouse website as well as here!
Welcome to this weblog. Join in the One Bag project, join in the fun and customise your own fabric shopping bag. Or share id replica watches uk eas about how plastic bags can be made into art or craft. Visit some of the exhibitions listed or links to other groups promoting plastic bag free shopping in other areas ofLondon and theUK. Tell us about your own thoughts about plastic bag free shopping or experiences of similar projects.