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Re.Bag.Re.Use

Re.Bag.Re.Use

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My name is Regine from Houtbay, Cape Town

Putting bread on the table from empty bread bags.  

Empty bread plastic bags, two litre milk bottle labels and courier bags are just some of the plastic that has been repurposed into creating beautiful shopping bags, instead of landing up in landfill.


Lockdown forced many of us to haul out and dust off our hobbies. Mine, was my crochet pen. During this time I realised just how much plastic was being generated and thrown away every day, so I decided to find a way to repurpose it. Crocheting with plastic worked!’

There are now nine ladies from the Harbour and Imizamo Yetho, in Hout Bay, who are transforming empty bread bags into these magnificent shopping bags. It takes approximately 30 empty bread bags, and eight hours to complete one bag. 

There are also three ladies who cut the plastic bags into strips for us to crochet with.

When a ReBag.ReUse bag is purchased, not only is it keeping plastic from going to the landfill, it is also investing into the empowerment of the local community and charities. 

The sales from the bags are used to pay a stipend to the crocheters,
the cutters and a percentage also goes to charities, such as the Neighbourhood Old Age Home (NOAH), who are saving all of their empty bread bags for us. 

Sungardens Hospice and the Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG), are also recipients of donations from the sales).

We are incredibly grateful for the support from everyone in Hout Bay. The local haberdashery Fiddlesticks have kindly offered to be a drop off point for the plastic bags.

Setta Adams, one of the ladies who cut the plastic, says that she was unemployed for the last three years and this opportunity to cut the bags really made a great difference with the day-to-day needs. 

“For me a grandmother of a grade 12  and a grade 7 with only
the help of my disability and one child grant this is really a help for me,”
shares Jane Hoffman, one of the crocheting ladies. “I cannot explain in words how thankful I am for being introduced to Regine that taught us to
crochet with bread bags and other plastic this is so awesome for me. It’s not just an extra income but also a stress reliever in this pandemic.”

You can view the range of beautiful bags on:

www.instagram.com/re.bag.re.use or www.facebook.com/re.bag.re.use.re.cycle 

The aim is now to raise more funds so that we can get more people involved with collecting plastic, to cut it and to crochet the plastic, so that they too can put bread on the table from empty bread bags. 

One of my other passions is running. This year I am committing to run 100 10km runs. The request is to get each 10km sponsored to raise funds for the Re.Bag.Re.Use initiative

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My name is Regine from Houtbay, Cape Town

The aim is now to raise more funds so that we can get more people involved with collecting plastic, to cut it and to crochet the plastic, so that they too can put bread on the table from empty bread bags.