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Top 21 Recycled Plastic Bag Creations

 - May 29, 2008
You know plastic bags are bad for the environment, but did you know that, when reused, they can make beautiful pieces of art too? Plastic really can be fantastic, as shown by a recent exhibit of reused plastic bags as art, curated by the [re]design for NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in London. As this super gallyer shows, plastic bags can be recycled into everything from bags to dresses and even furniture.

The exhibition aims to bring light to the fact that 2.1 billion plastic bags are used in London alone each year. Can you believe the average UK resident uses 290 plastic bags each year? If everyone were to tote their own bag the grocery store, that would eliminate 100,000 tonnes of waste each year. Also, the production of just one bag results in enough CO2 emissions to fill 22 plastic bags.

They're hoping London can join cities like San Francisco who have banned the use of plastic bags all together. China's recent announcement they would ban plastic bags makes them the first country to eliminate them.