What to do With All Those Plastic Bags?

Do what Khalil Chishtee does and make beautiful yet sullen sculptures out of them.

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BFTP Making DIY Gift Bags @ Ivana Helsinki 12/20

Join us from 6 to 9pm on December 20th at the Ivana Helsinki Concept Store to sew draw string bags from beautiful Ivana Helsinki fabrics for a last minute gift, as clever gift wrapping, or to carry your gorgeous Ivana Helsinki present to yourself!

Ivana Helsinki is an independent art, fashion & cinema brand, delicately mixing Slavic rough melancholy and pure Scandinavian moods.

251 Elizabeth Street
(between Prince and Houston)
New York, NY 10012

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Photos from Etsy’s Hands On Market Bags w/ BFTP and Montclair Made

Check out photos from the wonderful event at Etsy:

Hands On Market Bags

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Join BFTP @ Etsy Labs, July 17th, 5 to 8pm

Join us on July 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a night of machine sewing and crocheting at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn. Choose one of two projects and leave with the perfect reusable tote.  Bags for the people will be teaching how to sew our signature draw-string market bags and Clair of Montclair Made will be teaching how to crochet your cache of plastic bags into a woven bag.  Bring your plastic collection (she recommends 20-30 bags), spin them into “plarn,” and crochet into the perfect picnic tote.

Event: Hands-On: Market Bags
What: Make a drawstring bag with Bags for the People or learn to use plastic to crochet from  Montclair Made.
Enter a raffle to win surprises from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.
Take photos in the Magnolia Photo Booth.
Where: Etsy Labs 55 Washington St. Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Neighborhood: DUMBO; Cross Streets: Front & Water
When: Tuesday , July 17
First Session:
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Second Session:
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free


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Los Angeles is Largest City in Nation to Ban Plastic Carry Bags

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic carry bags.  The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, meaning shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.  Read more at the LA Times Blog.

This is great news!  Who will be next?

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BFTP @ Brooklyn Skillshare Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism! May 1

Bags for the People will be participating in the Brooklyn Skillshare Community Alternatives to Capitalism at LaunchPad(721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238) in Crown Heights.  This is a Mutual Aid Help on May Day:  A day without the 99% in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. While you don’t have to have an opinion on the movement, you can still come out and learn!  Our slot will be from 2:45pm to 3:45pm.

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Responsible Consumption in Union Square, NYC

GrowNYC, The Interdependence Project, Bags for the People, and the Pratt Public Project Initiative have kicked off a greener greenmarket on Earth Day, placing forth sustainable environmental programs(composting, textile recycling, e-waste recycling) at all the greenmarkets throughout NYC as well as implementing the early phases of a plan to rid New Yorkers of plastic bags!

Instrumental to this plastic bag plan was the Pratt Public Project and The Interdependance Project’s plastic bag mandala.  The mandala helped to bring awareness, cooperation, and action to the public about the ill effects of plastic bags and what positive action can be done.  Greenmarket patrons signed a pledge, placed their plastic bag on the mandala, and received a free reusable bag.

Stay tuned for more good news on the NYC plastic bag front.

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Become Inspired the Night of Earth Day

See the visually stunning and inspiring “Planet Earth” under the stars on the night of Earth Day. Rooftop Films and BBC America presenta free screening of the original uncut Sir David Attenborough-narrated version of “Planet Earth,” followed by the World Premiere of “The Making of Planet Earth.” Don’t miss the earth friendly fun and food trucks!

The original uncut “Planet Earth” series, which has captivated audiences around the world in over 130 countries, comes to BBC America as part of a very special two-day celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22. This weekend marathon marks the first time that the series will be broadcast in its entirety and with its original narrator, world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, in the U.S. (Episode 1 – From Pole to Pole, TRT: 60 minutes)

Then, go behind-the-scenes for a World Premiere two-hour special, “The Making of Planet Earth,” which details the incredible adventures of the wildlife filmmakers who traveled all over the planet to create Planet Earth. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the award-winning team behind the epic eleven-part series. (The Making of Planet Earth, TRT: approx 88 min)

April 21, 2012
7:00PM Doors Open
7:45PM Planet Earth Begins

On the pier at Solar One
2420 FDR Drive,(23rd Street at the East River) New York, NY 10010
Subway: Take the R/6 trains to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

This is a free event. The first 250 people in attendance get a free ticket that can be used for any Rooftop Films show this summer–including opening night.

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/planet-earth/


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Help Ban Plastic Bags in Cambrige, MA!

Some great people in Cambrige, MA, are working to ban plastic bags.  Help them out by bringing your own reusable bags of course, but also, by signing the petition below:

City of Cambridge: Ban plastic bags

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Bisbee Sew-In!!!


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