I’ve been meaning to make some of these for ages and when my bother said he’d like some at Christmas, it spurred me into action. They are made from industrial scraps of mesh fabric, produced when a local factory made eco nets for environmental use and research, these are the bits which aren’t big enough to be used. They are brand new fabric which would otherwise become rubbish. The ties are made from some t-shirt yarn left over from a previous project.
So it is all new, clean and diverted from land fill, which is a big thumbs up to me. It is also less likely to reach our rivers and oceans.
Here’s some rubbish I photographed by our local river early one november because it looked “sparkly”…
….and a bag full picked up in July.
I don’t often photograph the rubbish I collect (sometimes I think I should to raise awareness of how much is out there, it totally adds up), but most mornings my hands are full with litter as I come back from my walk. Although since the plastic bag charge I’ve noticed a difference, I always used to find at least one bag to hold all the rubbish, I rarely see one now, unless it is a “dog poo bag” (another topic for another day). Recently, with the high high tides, there has been a tideline of rubbish on the shire hall moor, this is not so much local litter but bottles, balls and randoms that have washed in from the sea.
Back to the bags themselves….
GUCU stands for Green Up, Clean Up which these bags definitely do in abundance from the sourcing of the raw material to their use. Instead of plastic bags or containers, which are used once, you can select your produce and weigh it in these. The heaviest bag weighed in at 13g and the lightest at 6g! So it is negligible and similar to the weight of a plastic produce bag. It also has the advantage that the cashier can clearly see the produce, the produce can breathe, the bags can be washed and re-used numerous times.
If anyone is interested I can make some more of these up and put them up for sale. Let me know….
PS My wonderful and talented sister-in-law or maybe that should be out law photographed the bags with some fruit in heres a section of her fantastic images….