While there are debates on banning plastic bags in groceries, one woman is upcycling them into unique fashionable bags and accesories.

Based outside of Washington, DC in Stafford, Virginia, Tina Dean Designs is owned by Tina Dean Allen. No one will guess that these stylish accessories were once grocery bags. Plastic bags are prepared into plarn (plastic yarn) and hand crocheted into contemporary designs for every woman. A large TDD tote takes a minimum of 100 bags out of our landfills and waterways.

“It’s a wonderful experience to share with the world that plastic can be ‘haute’. My products are not only recyclable, but will likely outlast the user,” says Allen.

In addition to purses and totes, TDD creates kitchen and bath baskets. “My baskets are also great accessories as they are a stylish and conscientious way to organize; and wash like a dream. In that sense, my designs are not limited to the women of the house but are also a wonderful gift for any ‘go-green’ member of the family,” Allen says.