To initiate a dialogue about the world's over-consumption of plastic, I'm traveling around India to teach classes on crocheting with plastic bags. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 7, 2010.
About this project
Help me reach (or surpass!) my funding goal and teach freeform plastic bag crochet in India.
This summer, I will be sharing the craft of plastic bag crochet with the people of India.
The plan is to travel around India teaching plastic bag crochet, spreading the message of plastic bag conservation, and inspiring others to recycle single-use plastic bags into fashionable, reusable creations - creations that could possibly provide a revenue stream for impoverished communities.
I intend to collect enough crochet hooks to be able to give one to each person I teach. And I aim to teach as many people as possible while I'm there. I will also be testing ways to construct crochet hooks from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill (such as old plastic toothbrushes).
I have already lined up several workshops in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and several other cities. To make this skill accessible to as many people as possible, all workshops will be free and open to whoever wants to learn. While each workshop will be tailored to the specific audience (adults, students, children), they will all emphasize plastic bag crochet as an art form, as a fashion statement, and as a means to lessen their ecological footprint on the earth.
The idea is that through learning a fun craft project that involves recyclables, individuals will become more environmentally conscious, more mindful of the things they throw onto the street, and more respectful of the world around them. And hopefully as a result, they will be inspired to influence the trash tossing behavior of their families and communities.
Where The Money Will Go:
While my project consists largely of found, recycled materials, some essential costs still need to be covered. I contacted a few major crochet hook manufacturers to see if they’d donate some hooks, but it appears that they only give donations to established nonprofits (which I am not). So…. I’m relying on the generosity of you guys to help me out! Your collective pledges of $1000 (or more) will go towards purchasing crochet hooks, printing informational booklets (which will be translated into several Indian languages), and offsetting the costs of putting together and promoting an exciting project – one that will encourage recycling, foster creativity, and empower individuals to adopt a craft that can improve their lives.
Learn More About My Project:
I recently created a website, BagsBeGone.com, and aim to develop it into a platform for posting new designs, sharing tutorials and resources, highlighting interesting news about plastic bag art, and planning creative plastic projects intended to benefit communities as well as the environment. I will also be highlighting any Indian organizations and community groups aimed at recycling plastic or promoting self sufficiency through the sale of recycled plastic handicrafts.
To stay updated on my India project, visit my Destination: India Page.
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Pledge $5 or more
You get a special mention on my site, along with project updates.
Pledge $25 or more
You get a special mention on my site and a homemade card with photos from my India trip.
Pledge $50 or more
You get a special mention on my site and a plastic bag drink koosie (with a hand strap so you can't drop your drink).
Pledge $100 or more
You get a special mention on my site, a crocheted plastic bag drink koosie, and a homemade card with photos from my India trip.
Pledge $150 or more
You get a special mention on my site and a crocheted plastic bag shopping bag.
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