All posts tagged: plastic bags

Angela's crochet bikinis made from discarded plastic bags

Interview: Angela van Boxtel | Eco-artist

Today’s interviewee is nothing short of passionate about the environment. Sydney-based eco-artist and designer Angela Van Boxtel lives and breathes saving the environment literally one plastic bag at a time. And she doesn’t just help clean up the streets and beaches from the dreaded plastic bag, she also crochets them. Why use yarn when you could use a plastic bag? Not only that but she exhibits her sculptural work, conducts workshops on creating art from rubbish and is an active environmentalist. As she loves telling the kids at her workshops: waste is fun! And how much fun is a crocheted bikini made from discarded plastic bags? Come and meet the vibrant Angela and find out why she’s turning heads with her eco-swimwear … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’m an eco-artist and designer with a Master’s degree in Media & Communications. I never studied art or design but learned on the go. Before moving to Sydney from Amsterdam, I was …

Interview: Debbie Watkins and FunkyJunk Recycled

How many times do you say you’d love to make a difference to the world but do nothing about it? Well, enterprising self-confessed ‘high fliers’, Brit Debbie Watkins and Dutch Marc Lansu not only decided to give a little back by volunteering overseas for a year but ended up ditching their old jobs and their old lives to transform Cambodia’s exploding plastic bag population. That was back in the mid-2000s. Now they have a burgeoning social enterprise business based in Chamcar Bei that employs local Cambodians to make funky homewares and accessories using discarded plastic bags, as well as a non-profit travel business, Carpe Diem Travel Limited, that gives international visitors unique and personal tours of the country. Since they began, they have single-handedly (or perhaps multi-handedly!) significantly reduced the numbers of plastic bags that were littering fields and roadsides by more than 200,000. Each bag is carefully washed and dried and then guillotined into strips to make usable ‘yarn’ that can be crocheted into hardwearing and waterproof cushions, baskets, bags, purses. A single floor …