After a long running campaign to ban plastic bags in the U.K, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced this week a plan to introduce a tax on plastic bags.
Fantastic news! We can rid the country of an ugly, harmful menace and give ourselves a big slap on the back whilst carrying our shopping home in natural resuable bags. Great!
Or… is it really all that great? Am I the only one who might be a little bit sad to see them go? I won’t miss the bags themselves but I will miss the creativity they inspire.
Flicking through the pages of this month’s Elle Decoration, I came across an article about Laura Marsden’s beautiful ‘Eternal Lace’. She has invented a substance – and the main ingredient is the much-maligned plastic bag. She uses it to make sculptural jewellery, home accessories and wall pieces.
These intricate hand stitched forms appear wonderfully delicate and you would never imagine they have been made from plastic bags. You can see more of Laura’s work on her website.
But of course the list is endless, and the possibilities for re-using plastic bags seem limitless.
And what will become of the amazing Binvention (left)?