Reader question: Has this woman earned her bread?
I recently met a gorgeous recycled crafter from Palm Cove, Cairns: Margaret Daley.
She recycles bread bags by crocheting them into clothes hangers and bags.
Bread bags are collected from school tuck shops, friends, agencies and who ever will part with them. No washing is required because Margaret cannot stand the smell of the wet bags – she takes care of the hygiene herself.
Margaret Daley said that she originally crocheted bread bags because her mother was a great innovator – it was depression years AND the family lived remotely. Therefore the family had to use whatever they had. They had bread bags.
On Marg’s mother’s death-bed, Marg promised her Mum that she would keep the recycled bread bag crocheting skill alive: that she would teach others how to do it. Alas, she hasn’t yet found anyone who wants to learn!
After her Mother’s death, Marg brought back a suitcase of her Mother’s bread bags. All the way from Western Australia to Far North Queensland, Marg now crochets bread bags and sells her wares as a partial fund-raiser for the children in Nepal.
You can buy three coat hangers for $10.00. or, try the gorgeous bags for just $30. You’ll have to contact me to buy because Marg is not too keen on email – she’s a recycled crafter not a tech head.
Earning her bread: Children’s coat hangers take three bread bags to make and three hours work. Adults hangers take four bread bags and four hours work. The shoulder bags take 13 bread bags and 16 hours of work. What a terrific way to keep plastic waste out of landfill or ocean.
Amazing colours and ever so durable, I use my bag (the orange one pictured) to carry my phone and count my steps (I’m doing the 10,000 step program). My coat hangers are amazing for my sheer clothes – shoulders or ribbons do not slip from them at all.
If you are like me, you are going to want to learn how to make bread bag plarn and to crochet the plarn into gorgeous creations? First, You need to be in Cairns and second, you can contact me so I can help contact with Marg. This would be perfect for community groups, neighbourhood centers, diversionary activities or vacation care programs. I might even take Marg to Yarrabah with me and invite her to a weaving workshop. She would be a truly wonderful value add.
Do you reckon Marg has earned her bread? Leave your response in the comment area below or on our facebook page.
Keep talking garbage, you mob. Your garbage mouth is contagious and will help others to try recycled crafts.
Megan Bayliss xxxxx