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Hey Look. It's Plastic!

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What’s that scene from The Graduate? Plastics. The future is plastics son. Hmmmm lemme see if I can find the actual quote. here we go-

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?

Benjamin: Yes, I am.

Mr. McGuire: Plastics.

Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?

Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

For me, the future was and still is art and toys. Toys made out of anything floats my boat. I just love “play”, through toys is how I get to that place of play. Most toys, and mostly the ones I love are made from some form of plastic. In the future these will most likely be made out of fungi, and plant based materials, in the meantime I’ll continue to keep using what’s available to make these gems I love so much.

I see these as keepsakes that will be traded, sold, or kept and passed down for generations. So I’m not too worried about the impact these have on the earth, esp compared to the trillions of water bottles, water bottle CAPS, plastic lighters, and all this other throw away garbage we keep producing.

So this post is actually about plastic bags. I love the look of the traditional bag and header, seeing them all pinned up, or clipped on a wall makes me so happy. Making more throw away bags, does not make me happy. I am now a full 3 years out since my last order of a big stack of plastic bags, and my very LAST order from ULINE was 8 months ago. Time to move on. I feel like there are enough plastic bags on the earth, so I’m just giving little shout out to say, I won’t be buying anymore. From my stack three years ago I still have a pretty good quantity. Most now are off sizes, too big, Left over from a huge order scrappers made for something back in the early Grass Hut days, so my next “art job” purchase will probably be a heat sealer, that way I can just turn the big bags into whatever size I like. With all this in mind, some future releases could include fabric sewn bags, paper bags, or recycled shopping bags heat sealed to the correct size. A bread bag release? Yeah that would be pretty fun, I love all the different colors and graphics on breadbags.

Lastly, if you are a toy maker, or maker of anything that uses plastic bags. This post isn’t here to tell you you are doing it wrong, or to shame you in any way. I’m not telling you what to do, just letting my little community what I am up to.

Feel free to leave any thoughtful comment, and I’ll do my best to answer.