Archive for March, 2018

When a milkbag project doesn’t work out …

Sometimes we make a bag or mat, either crochet’d or woven, and … well … it just didn’t work out. The rows were too tight or too loose, the edges were wandering all over the place … or we just lost interest and didn’t finish it or don’t want to try and salvage it.

Whatever the reason, we don’t want to take it to a drop-off point and pass it along — we shouldn’t pretend that “it’s good enough” or that “it doesn’t matter” or “nobody will notice”.

So — put the sad little mistake into a milkbag or grocery bag or garbage bag (all of which are also plastic) and just chuck it into the plastic bag recycle bin at your local Metro or Value Village or other store that has such a bin. Just as we’re keeping milkbags out of the landfills by making mats and bags, so too should our mistakes also stay out of landfills.

And then, when you’re in a better frame of mind, maybe start up again, figuring out how to avoid the boo-boo, and end up with a lovely finished milkbag item, one that you’d like to keep for yourself, it’s that good! The person who eventually receives it will notice — and use the mat or bag for a long time.

Video about the Milkbag Project

Here’s a video about the Milkbag Project in the Barrhaven area, which includes a plea for storage and transportation options, issues that have been mentioned a few times in previous posts.

Storage

  • In our area, we don’t have a long-term storage location where people can take their finished mats and bags. Right now, we’re using our basements, garages, sheds, local church basements, … What would be so much better would be a single location, opened perhaps 3-4 times a year for a Saturday morning, for us to drop our finished items off. I’m sure many of us could volunteer to staff such a facility, making sure things are stacked neatly, keeping a tally of everything, and then locking the place up till the next scheduled drop-off.  Ideally — a shipping container!

Transportation

  • The aim is to get finished bags and mats down to the Mississauga warehouse run by Canadian Food for Children. The difficulty for Ottawa-based transportation is that the warehouse closes at noon — pretty hard to get there in the morning unless you leave Ottawa before dawn. But perhaps there’s a company willing to haul a shipping container down there.

Essentially, we’re looking for that critical link to connect volunteers who crochet and weave milkbags into mats and bags with a charity which brings them to people who really need them.  As with so many volunteer efforts, it’s a major missing link, mainly because there’s no money to pay for storage and transport.

But perhaps there are some extra-special volunteers out there who could help bridge the gaps and make the whole undertaking flow so much more smoothly. Here’s hoping!

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