I guess it’s inevitable that all good things do come to an end. My favorite recycled plastic bag tote is disintegrating. I crocheted this plarn tote bag back in 2007 so its 5 years old now.
I use this recycled bag for groceries and produce all the time. A few months ago, the stitching started coming apart below the handle so I spliced in a strand of plarn and repaired the hole. I could see then that the existing plastic bag yarn was very brittle and starting to disintegrate.
Here is the latest disintegration of my plastic bag tote. I actually found another hole after I took this photo. As you can see the ends are very brittle and when I tried to weave the ends under, they just break off.
So as my favorite recycled tote bag ends it useful life, I am crocheting a new plarn tote bag. I’m making it a bit bigger and with a strong handle. So until my new reusable tote bag is finished I will try and mend this tote bag again. It just has been my favorite recycled bag for years and it is hard to let it go. So as I type this I am preparing another repair to the holes that have appeared. A good thing is just difficult to let go of.