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History of the Plastic Bag

January 29, 2008

Taken from

1957 The first baggies and sandwich bags on a roll are introduced.

1958 Poly dry cleaning bags compete with traditional brown paper.
1966 Plastic bag use in bread packaging takes over 25 to 30 percent of the market.

1966 Plastic produce bags on a roll are introduced in grocery stores.

1969 The New York City Sanitation Department’s “New York City Experiment” demonstrates that plastic refuse bag curbside pickup is cleaner, safer and quieter than metal trash can pick-up, beginning a shift to plastic can liners among consumers.

1974/75 Retailing giants such as Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Jordan Marsh, Allied, Federated and Hills make the switch to plastic merchandise bags.

1973 The first commercial system for manufacturing plastic grocery bags becomes operational

1977 The plastic grocery bag is introduced to the supermarket industry as an alternative to paper sacks.

1982 Kroger and Safeway start to replace traditional craft sacks with polyethylene “t-shirt” bags.
1990 The first blue bag recycling program begins with curbside collection.

1990 Consumer plastic bag recycling begins through a supermarket collection-site network.

1992 Nearly half of U.S. supermarkets have recycling available for plastic bags.

1996 Four of five grocery bags used are plastic.


A day in the life….

September 26, 2007

Timelapse of day sewing and ironing in our container. Music Deceptacon by Le Tigre.

Ready to roll.

September 26, 2007

After 3 weeks of ironing, sewing, nightime projections, RSS feeds and eating PO boys at Sweet Mammas kitchen we are ready to open the doors on Sentimental Plastics shipping container. The mysterious faces of Courtenay Place have become our friends and the locals around our large yellow box have warmed to us nicely.

Our screen-strips are all sewn together and hanging from the roof of the container the Storybox projection kit is up and running sweetly and so now its…

on with the show…
Saturday 29th
Workshop on how to upcyle /1pm
Vj performance / 8pm
Tuesday 2nd – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Thursday 4th – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Friday 5th – Closing night performance / 8pm

Big thanks to Wellington City Council, Sweet Mammas Kitchen, Green party, Candywhistle, Seb, Jesse camera girl, DMDN students for there support.


Re-usable plastic bag from upcycled plastic

September 26, 2007

With some trial and error we were able to construct a pretty durable and usable shopping bag. This one was made from about 10 fused plastic shopping bags. It took about an hour to make, but now that we know how to do it, it should be much quicker.

Initial Sewing Experiement

September 11, 2007

Yesterday I had a chance to try and do some sewing. Tim Miller in Industrial Design at VUW gave me an excellent tutorial on how to use his sewing machine. He left me to my own devices and I made a few pouches out of fused plastic bags. Here are a few pictures of one of them.

the pouchstitching detailopeningwhat would you use it for?

I made another similar pouch that turned out pretty good as well. I needed a place to put pens in my office, so I tacked it onto my corkboard. A perfect penholder. I’ll upload some photos of it in action tomorrow.

One of the most encouraging things about this experiment is that I’ve never used a sewing machine before and I really enjoyed it and had some success.

Next up, make a projection screen.