Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Shopping List featuring Ghost Nets


While up North I came across the Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme, a set-up for Indigenous communities of the Gulf of Carpentaria to work together to get rid of ghost nets and marine debris from their oceans and land. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea causing disruption to the natural ecology. Due to strong currents a huge amount of them end up on the beaches of the Gulf of Carpentaria.


During the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair the Ghost Nets Programme ran Indigenous weaving workshops using the nets. The Programme is doing amazing things to deal with marine debris problems but (obviously) the concept of re-purposing the nets in a creative way appealed to me and I'm looking forward to seeing more ghost net woven bags and baskets in future.

And so, this week's shopping list is inspired by creative ways of weaving re-purposed materials:


1. Recycled Woven Plastic Shoulder Bag-VL 114 from permanent baggage

2. Handwoven Recycled T-Shirt Rug from five forty

3. Eco Cuff - Woven Innertube Cuff - 8 Strand from The Inner Works

4. Woven pendant with leather cord from recycled tin from wear wolf

I highly recommend checking out the other items in these shops.

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7 comments:

Thea said...

I had no idea ghost nets existed. It's distressing how much we pollute every corner of the planet. Love anything that is recycled!

sweetwilliam said...

I love it when ugly is turned into inspiring and beautiful!

handmade romance said...

wow how inspiring this is done with ghost nets. i love re-purposing projects. great links here too thanks for sharing.

Tania said...

Wow. That is one heck of a healthy conscience recycling project. Inspired stuff, indeed.

Chrisy said...

Sounds like an excellent program...

JuliaB said...

Wow .. i've never heard of ghost nets before! The guitar strap is lovely and really interesting. Imagine where all those bits and peices that make it up have been! All the stories they could tell. x

Mike said...

I love that black bracelet. I was wondering if the black bracelet was made of leather.