Check this out. Sheila from the Isle of Wight England who read a couple of my Care2 articles sent me some information on a project called Morsbags. The basic idea is that local groups/individuals get together into groups called pods and make re-usable bags from whatever material they happen to have around. The bags are then given to local folks who in turn are asked not to use any more plastic bags.
Monday, August 25, 2008
How cool is that?
The website is set up really easily and you can download pdfs to help you get started on making bags right away. The general idea is to get together with a group of friends, make as many bags as you feel like and then give them away to be used. They suggest going to a shopping center and passing them out en masse to make a better statement but also recognize that this isn't for everyone. Sheila also includes a piece of paper in each bag explaining what they are and how to make them. The thing i really love about the site is that they are just trying to get people to change their attitudes and giving them a very concrete way to do it.
I'm hoping to do an interview with the founder and will post that when it happens.
By the way, the website for what Sheila's town has been doing is here.
In the meantime, check out the site and get bag making!