Tonia Mercer from Torbay, Newfoundland turns plastic yarn — or plarn — into crocheted reusable shopping bags


Crocheting is not an unusual hobby, but Tonia Mercer adds a twist that makes her fibre arts stand out from most.

Mercer spends her days turning plastic yarn — or plarn — into crocheted reusable shopping bags. She flattens out plastic shopping bags, then cuts them into strips of plastic yarn that she crochets into circular shopping bags, complete with handles.

What began as an unusual waste-reduction method has now become her passion.

“I love it because it’s something that feels like I am making some small impact in terms of taking care of a big problem, which is the single-use plastic bags,” Mercer said.

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