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Recycling by design

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Kristin Jordan's handbags are made entirely of crocheted plastic bag strips. This one was made from Target bags. (Photo by Ben Peterson; Courtesy of Kristin Jordan)

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Kristin Jordan's handbags are made entirely of crocheted plastic bag strips. (Photo by Ben Peterson; Courtesy of Kristin Jordan)

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Gulnur Ozdaglar's plastic chandelier is made from 200 "petals," each of which is soldered with a pattern. (Photo courtesy of Gulnur Ozdaglar)

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Gulnur Ozdaglar's flower brooches are made from clear plastic soda bottles and colored with permanent ink. (Photo courtesy of Gulnur Ozdaglar)

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This blue-tinted bowl with flowers was made from a single plastic bottle by Gulnur Ozdaglar. (Photo courtesy of Gulnur Ozdaglar)

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Even as conventional plastic recycling programs continue to expand around the country, a rising number of eco-conscious citizens are turning to so-called “upcycling,” creating fashionable handbags, jewelry and even chandeliers out of the plastic bags and takeout containers that might otherwise be thrown away.


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