Plastic bags end up as deadly waste in landfills and the ocean because people litter them everywhere. Birds often mistake shredded plastic bags for food, filling their stomachs with toxic debris. For hungry sea turtles, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between jellyfish and floating plastic shopping bags. Fish eat thousands of tons of plastic a year, transferring it up to the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals. Despite all of this, plastic bags are in almost everywhere because retail giants continue to use.

In order to support this plastic bags problem, there’s a method called “plarn.”
Plarn is short for “plastic yarn.” Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long mat which could use for homeless population as sleeping mats.

A church group in Sardis, Mississippi, around 15 women get together and collect plastic bags, afterward, they work as a team on creating this plastic yarn. They do it every week.
They are good at stitching therefore, the plarn comes nicely.

According to the ladies, it takes about 50 hours to create plastic bags to crochet one sleeping mat. Since the mat has made up of plastic, homeless populations do not need to worry about bed bugs or lice.

Projects like plastic yarn can help both people and the environment as long as our society has plastic pollution and homeless populations.

Image source: North Somerset Times / Clevedon Crochet Club
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