I won a $1,000 travel scholarship though the Austin chapter of Hostelling International (if you visit their site and scroll to the bottom of the main page, you’ll see a little blurb about me).
Anyway, this trip isn’t just for fun this time. It’s about a project idea I developed during my last trip to India. The mission is to teach free workshops about crocheting discarded plastic bags into durable, reusable items. It’s my way of promoting recycling and initiating a dialogue about the world’s over consumption of plastic.
In addition to inspiring people to be more environmentally conscious, I’m hoping this skill may even provide a source of income for impoverished communities. And (assuming people in the workshops are interested in making items for profit), I’d like to purchase bags directly from them and start reselling. It’ll be a good trial to see how successful this project can be long term.
You can learn more about the project here: http://bagsbegone.com/projects
Also, Miguel and I recently posted our project on Kickstarter (which is basically a fundraising platform for creative projects and artistic endeavors) and we made a very primitive, but fun video explaining our idea. You can check it out here.
Another exciting thing is that Miguel will be coming with me on this trip! And although we’ll only be gone for two months, we recently threw a party to gather up all our friends one last time before we take off on our adventures. Here’s the super cool flyer we made:
I’ll probably be posting some stuff to this blog, but as we’ll be really busy…I’m not promising anything. I will be blogging though. And all posts directly related to the plastic bag project can be found on my new site, BagsBeGone.com.
If you scroll to the bottom of the BagsBeGone.com site, find the Email Subscription section, and click the “sign me up” button, you’ll receive email updates whenever I post something new.