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Plastic bags are not very popular these days. While in the past they were adequate for small garbage receptacles (still are, kinda, sorry), we over-consume them. It’s a fact. Seriously, we consume upwards of 15 billion of the things every year in Canada and then they just sit in a landfill somewhere.

But the plastic bag is iconic. It was the subject of a Katy Perry song titled “Firework” and a great deal of screen time was dedicated to it in the award-winning Kevin Spacey vehicle American Beauty. There’s also reason to suspect that Mr. Spacey himself and his co-star Annette Bening used plastic bags for any number of tasks, like carrying oranges, or, maybe some light suffocation? When it comes to the storied history of the plastic bag, you’ll always find that everyone has their own story to share.

In 2015, we turn our lens to Taiwan, where teens have a new use for shopping bags: clothes. Yes, teens over at Facebook group 爆料公社 have been publishing images of themselves wearing plastic bags, and, well, it’s kind of awesome.

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There’s no denying that this, let’s call it a swimsuit, is made from a 7-Eleven plastic bag. But while you could have very well carried some taquitos in this bag last night whilst drunk, by saving it and then sliding it on like a bathing costume and then casually splaying your body with aplomb, you’re saving this bag from entering a landfill somewhere. That’s quite the provocative statement.

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The 7-Eleven plastic bag bathing suit is certainly the most popular of the looks, but if you’re a man and need something a bit more forgiving, one gentleman elected for a Carrefour bag, which is a grocery store chain. So, next time you’re in a Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys, No Frills, Longo’s or a 7-Eleven, say you do need that bag. Because bikini season isn’t over yet.

The only problem is these are probably not going to take to chlorine well. So, maybe just save these for a fun and flirty bath? Who are we kidding, this is ridiculous.