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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Tote Bag exchange 2007 Received

Leave it to Naomi, one of the Managers of Crochet Depot, to come up with fun exchanges aided by the member vote has yielded a very successful Tote bag exchange this June/July. My partner was Kathy , and she made this beautiful tote bag.

A tote bag needs to be tested. I did such a thing when I went to the store to get groceries the other day. San Francisco has banned plastic bags from stores you will be amazed at the facts of this plastic bag making. I encourage you to do something for the environment and maybe something to get us off foreign oil by using alternatives to plastic bags.

S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGSSupermarkets and chain pharmacies will have to use recyclable or compostable sacks

Here are some of the facts:

  • Plastic bags by the numbers 180 million Roughly the number of plastic shopping bags distributed in San Francisco each year.

  • 2 to 3 cents Amount each bag costs markets, compared with anywhere from 5 to 10 cents for a biodegradable bag. 4 trillion to 5 trillion Number of nondegradable plastic bags used worldwide annually.

  • 430,000 gallons Amount of oil needed to produce 100 million nondegradable plastic bags.
Source: S.F. Department of the Environment; Worldwatch Institute

You can read the full article here by clicking S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS. Plastic bags will need to be used in a more conscious way. I guess if we were in the Star Trek World we could use a replicator. In the fictional Star Trek universe, a replicator is a machine capable of creating (and destroying) objects. Replicators are typically used to synthesize meals on demand, but it is implied in dialogue that they also have industrial applications. Maybe your bag will not have a brand name, but think of the advertising opportunities with canvas bags and businesses. Until the replicators are available we will have to go to the stores to buy food.

One of the most important pieces of technology in the Star Trek universe, the replicator is used primarily to provide food and water onboard starships, thus eliminating the need to stock most provisions. (Starships, starbases, and other installations stock some provisions for emergency use, in case of replicator failure or an energy crisis.) On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, it was established that replication is also used to provide breathable air on ships and starbases (and to disassemble the carbon dioxide exhaled by the crew), thus providing an endless supply of oxygen and eliminating the need to carry air tanks.


Now coming back to this world and our time, this was the stowaway in my bag. It's a beautiful dragon with jointed legs. Kathy did a wonderful job with the tote bag and the Dragon. I will be donating the dragon to a lucky kid that can fully enjoy this toy. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity of exchanging with such a great lady. Later on I will post the pictures of the tote bag that I made for Kathy, but not until the Monday or so.

In the meantime I ordered some nice Lion Brand , Lion Cotton, as I am going to embark in making a cabled cotton sweater some time soon. I will like to make a Scarf and a hat as well, maybe mittens ha ha ha. I am still reading "Knitting Without Tears", I am getting great ideas and my knitting mind is starting to click. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

2 comments:

naomi said...

Ooooooooo, it's soooo pretty ! And the little stow away is really cute, too !

Calypso said...

What a terrific tote! Very nice work, too.

As for banning plastic grocery bags, I'm afraid I would be in deep trouble without them. I use them when I take Suzy for walks, and also when I scoop out The Cat Joshua's litter box several times a day.

Good thing I don't live in California anymore! Too many laws and rules for a misfit like myself.