Reusing Plastic in Winnipeg

Patty Vickers, 64, sits at a table cutting a Dollarama plastic bag into 6 pieces.

At Transcona Memorial United Church about 25 make bags, out of plastic bags.

“We actually learned how from YouTube,” said Jeff Cook, who helps organize the ‘plarning’.

They start by cutting one-use plastic bags into long strips. Then they tie the strips together to make balls of plarn (plastic yarn). Once the plarn is made, they knit or crochet the plastic into bags for the homeless.

The church sends the plastic crochet bags to 1JustCity who distributes them to homeless people around Winnipeg.
People can bring their own jars or bottles to fill with bulk products at Generation Green.
About 1.6 million plastic bags are used in Winnipeg every year. The city sends all their plastic to ReGen Composites who transforms them into more sustainable materials. Michelle Gowdar, the COO of ReGen says that for them to keep up with all the plastic waste, they would have to open 400 facilities.

Some local businesses are doing their best to cut out plastic completely. Sherry Sobey, owner of Generation Green says it’s important for people to start using alternatives to plastic.

People can bring in their own jars or bottles to fill with the bulk products at Generation Green. The store also has alternatives to plastic like metal straws, mesh produce bags and cloth grocery bags.


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