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Crafty woman puts newspaper bags to good use

Abbey Thulin

Glenda Polland has always been crafty.

A fan of bead-work, knitting and crocheting, this retiree and longtime newspaper subscriber decided to start using the bags the newspaper is delivered in to not only fulfill her crochet habit, but to help the environment as well.

“It’s a great way to recycle, because you’re reusing the bags from the paper, and these mats I make can be used over and over again,” she said.

Polland uses the plastic bags to crochet mats of all sizes, and these mats have many uses, she said.

“They make good mats for anything that’s wet,” she said. “They’re good to put underneath plants on tables, and the bigger ones can be used as shower mats.”

Additionally, she said her friends and family who like to travel find her invention useful.

“For friends I have that go on vacation, I make little booties,” she said. “They can be used on someone’s feet in the shower, or on the toilet seat, to protect them from anything that may not be clean.”

Polland said these crafts take no time at all.

“It really depends on the size, how long it takes,” she said. “But as soon as I get enough bags, it doesn’t take me very long to make one.

“I’ve been crocheting for 30 years, so I can make some in about an hour.”

Polland said the amount of water her creations can catch is remarkable, and she’s been doing this for quite some time.

“I remember when the bags used to be white,” she said. “But I like the blue ones.

“They just make great little gifts for my friends and family, and it makes me feel good because I’m doing something I love to do, and I’m recycling, which is good for everyone.”

Carthage Press