Rope Creative Reuse

From shopping bag handles to fishing gear, there is a lot of rope that can be creatively reused!

Shopping Bag Handles

If you purchase an item in a paper bag with rope handles, be sure to remove the handles and creatively reuse them before putting the bag in your paper recycling. Some projects I have made with rope shopping bag handles include:

Robot crafts made from recycled plastic caps
Cap-erpillars or robot crafts made from recycled plastic caps
Woogle for holding Scout kerchief made from upcycled shopping bag handle
Woogle for holding Scout kerchief made from upcycled shopping bag handle with Turk’s Head knot
Gold and silver medals made from recycled lids and rope shopping bag handles
Gold and silver medals made from recycled lids and rope shopping bag handles

Get ideas for projects that you can make from upcycled rope shopping bag handles at Trashmagination’s Pinterest board for rope.

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Fishing Gear Rope

Each year, it is estimated that 640,000 tons of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear gets dumped in the ocean[1] which makes up almost half of the plastic pollution in the oceans. This gear is called “ghost gear” because it floats around in the ocean continuing to catch and kill sea life. It takes hundreds of years to degrade, killing the whole time.

Lots of people are trying to address this issue of ghost gear or discarded fishing gear. Divers organize huge underwater cleanups. Fishermen gather tons of gear at fishing docks.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

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From Fishing Nets to Skateboards

Shred and save the planet – these skateboards are made from recycled fishing nets.

Posted by AJ+ on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Artists who Work with Recycled Fishing Gear Rope

Erub Arts from Darnley Island, Australia – making sculptures of marine wildlife, teaching workshops around the world on how to make a sea turtle from ghost gear

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Caroline Bond aka Kittie Kipper who makes marine wildlife sculptures, baskets and bags from ghost gear

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Linda Thomas’ trash fashion dress

Mattie Larson’s trash fashion dress and other items made from upcycled ghost gear

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Gin Stone’s fishing rope sculptures

Landi Luff and Nicky Linzey’s wreaths from fishing rope

Door mats from upcycled lobster ropes – sometimes woven in a rectangle, and sometimes tied in a big flat knot called an ocean plait mat

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