Saturday, 14 May 2011
Can you see what this bag is woven from ?
Here's a closer view.
It's strips of Tetra Pak drinks cartons.
Have you ever tried to tear one? They're so strong. I bought this on a market stall in southern Portugal from some quite elderly weavers. I love the mixture of the silver interior and the outside's colours and text. I know we can recycle Tetra Paks now but they get soaked to seperate the paperboard, plastic and aluminium which seems long winded. I was trying to think what else you could use the washed carton material for: I have made wallet type things from it. It's such a strong material it would be good to re-use it without having to reform the components. Maybe you could fill them with sand to make bricks and then build a house? seriously.... I'm meeting an architect friend later today so I shall run that one past her. Incidentally, Mr Tetra Pak inventor/producer is one of the richest people on the planet I believe.