If you live in close vicinity to IKEA or decked out your apartment in MALM dressers and beds, you have owned several IKEA bags. I have them all over my apartment and reuse them for laundry, groceries, moving, etc.
Yesterday, I stumbled across a news story in which a Swedish woman found IKEA bags filled with human skeletons. The familiar sight of the bags seemed to make what should have been a horrifying story, more palatable- almost comical.
This morning, as I walked around my quiet apartment, cleaning up and considering breakfast, I noticed my ‘Rockstar Anthro pup’ had discovered my IKEA bag of laundry on the couch and decided it would be a great place to cuddle up and go back to sleep. While some might have picked up the fuzzy guy to keep their clean clothes pet hair free for at least a little bit, I thought turned my thoughts back to the IKEA bags filled with disarticulated skeletons.
The IKEA bag as a global experience? In anthropology, there are studies and research that is concerned with mass production of material goods and increasing globalization leading to a very bland, homogenized, world. There is a concern that cultural diversity will be lost. On the other side of the argument, is the thought that vastly different ideological and political systems, environments, traditions and histories means that the same items can and will be used in different ways that are relevant to a particular way of life.
Hearing of this woman finding IKEA bags of bones, and thinking about the ways I try to use IKEA bags for everything, I wondered about the other ways folks use the ‘IKEA bag’ and here are some neat things I found!
I think it’s interesting how this weird news story, made even more bizarre because it involved a very ordinary and innocuous bag, made me think of my own experience with this ordinary bag.
I want to follow up with the IKEA bones story, but in the meantime, what do you use your IKEA bags for?