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April 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Sewing trash into artful bags

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Sketched April 21, 2013

The parents of one of my daughter’s classmates are taking recycling to a new level. Inspired by TerraCycle’s Drink Pouch Brigade, they’ve been collecting used CapriSun drink pouches and turning them into cool lunch bags.

Last Sunday, they hosted a work party at their home, and kids helped create and decorate one-of-a-kind artsy bags using a sewing machine. When the school holds its annual Art Walk fundraiser a few weeks from now, these bags will be part of the items on display. Isn’t that cool?

I was impressed with the sewing skills of my fellow school parent Steve Engel. “It’s hard to be a man,” he joked, claiming that his wife had the idea and just made him do the work. My daughter was mesmerized by the process and now wants a sewing machine for her birthday. If only my 76-year-old mom, who worked as a seamstress, could have seen her!

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