Besides making the afghan for my niece, I am also working on a new beach bag. The one I've got is too small to fit all the things we'll need at the beach. My solution is a beach bag made of Capri Sun bags. I'm documenting the process and will post on how I made the bag after I finished the sewing.
So what might have my panties in a bunch?
I was in Wal*Mart to kill some time before the bank opened and found this. It's made by Terracycle. Since Terracycle supposedly makes these bags from recycled Capri Sun, I checked them out. They had a sticker on them that said "I could have been this!" with a picture of a Capri Sun, straw in it, ready for consumption.
"Could" is the operative word.
The bag and the totes I found like it were not made from recycled Capri Suns, they were made from Capri Suns that never had juice inside them. The Capri Sun bags were produced specifically to make the totes and back packs. The straw holes were not punched and the front lacked the marks of the glue used to adhere the straw to the front of the pouch!
Recycled? My Ass!
Now the picture above shows the straw holes sewn over. On the real deal, they aren't, so it's pretty damn easy to tell the bags weren't recycled.
The products shown in the video looked nothing like the product on the shelf. The bags in the video, even after being sewn, still looked used. The video even makes it sound hard to clean the glue off the front! (It's called Goo Gone, people.)
Come on, guys! We aren't stupid!
I take that back. So many people are going to buy those things thinking that they're saving the planet.
My question is, where does the real deal go? Where can you purchase the actual, recycled bags?