I put the word out on facebook recently that I am willing to take people's plastic grocery bags that inevitably pile up and eventually get thrown away. For a very good reason! You see, there is an ever growing problem of non biodegradable materials such as plastic and other rubbish that builds up in our oceans and causes many and great problems. Never mind the build up of these materials floating throughout the oceans, a lot of the harm is passed on to sea animals that attempt to digest, become entangled or are harmed from the foreign materials in their environment.
"The oft-quoted description of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch as a giant patch of garbage, "twice the size of Texas," is an inaccurate conflation of facts that has been repeated one too many times. The truth of the matter is in fact far more disturbing. The use of disposable, single-use plastic items has effectively turned our oceans into plastic soup. While it is true that not all marine garbage is plastic, current peer-reviewed research clearly indicates that plastic is the dominant material littering the ocean, and its proportion consistently varies between 60% and 80% of the total garbage in the ocean." (http://www.theplasticfreetimes.com/marine-impacts obtained: 2014-04-12)
My idea to help out is creating a use for the one time use grocery bags into small and useable items that stay as far away from the shorelines as possible. I am teaching crochet bowl workshops in the upcoming months and will hopefully help spread awareness about my plastic based projects and inspire people to educate themselves on this rapidly growing problem that affects us all!
Please keep an eye on the 2014 events calendar as I add new workshop dates throughout the year.