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Source: YouTube

High School Students Upcycle Plastic Bags to Make Mats for the Homeless

By Carly Sitzer

Students at Lakewood High School have managed to solve two of our country’s major problems — a dependency on single-use plastic and homelessness — with one creative solution. The high school in Colorado has started a “Plarn Club”; the group works by making homemade quilts and mats by substituting yarn with recycled plastic bags. 

They’ve started using their talents and unique technique of weaving the recycled bags into sleeping mats, which will then be donated to the homeless in their community. 

“You take recycled plastic grocery bags or just any plastic bags and you cut them into strips, and you tie those strips together and that makes this thing called plarn, plastic bag yarn,” Shelby Tillema — former president of the Plarn Club — told her district’s television station. She added of their decision to donate them to the homeless, “It makes the ground more comfortable, and they’re water resistant and apparently they keep bugs away.”