Mama had a whole bunch of brand new reusable bags made from recycled materials at Thurston County’s Secondhand Safari and Reuse Fair this past weekend.  The Creative ReUse Project was designed to be a Trash Fashion edutainment exhibit, with both functional and decorative totes, bags, and purses on display, with the intention of inspiring attendees to realize that there are many different ways to create something to carry stuff in and that they should Choose To Reuse!  Some of the bags were humorous (like the souvenir of Hawaii coconut head purses), some were artistic (Lynn DiNino’s “Fowl Play,” which is an albatross to be worn around one’s neck), some were handmade, and some were mass-produced, but all had a reuse message.  We even had some reusable bag information from ReusableBags.  More pics HERE    


(l to r): aluminum can and pop top purse by Svein “Slim” Sirnes, “Fowl Play” by Lynn Di Nino, plastic and wire basket by Marita Dingus)

Ruby Re-Usable was inspired by Janet Cooper’s Virtual Museum of Recycled Handbags, Kelly Lyles and her collection, and  Haute Trash


Cynthia’s Purse from Janet Cooper’s Virtual Museum of Recycled Handbags


Papa’s Got a Brand New (Reusable) Bag — 5 Comments

  1. well, THANKS, Cynthia! As always, “Art For Housewives” is the mother of all my blog inspirations 😉

    Now we want to know: WHAT is “Cynthia’s Purse” made of? Fused plastic bags with crocheted plastic bag handle, or ??

  2. You look great in your bag skirt. Fun idea to think about, great group of bags. There must be a joke there some where but I just can’t seem to pull it out of the bag.

  3. mmm, well, I get called a “Bag Lady,” (but haven’t been called an old bag, yet); Second-hand Sid noted that he was a Bag Man (which has a completely different connotation). and of course, we asked everyone: “What’s Your Bag, man … ” so sixties.

    Cynthia K e-mailed this info: Janet’s purse is made mainly from mozzarella bags. But I use all kinds of food packaging–frozen food bags work the best.
    Yes, I’ve tried fusing plastic but, like you, fear toxic fumes. Plus I don’t have the patience to stand there with the iron trying to get the right temperature. I prefer sewing the pieces of plastic together with needle and thread.