Wednesday February 12, 2014, 6:44 am
I had to come back because what happens when the mats fall apart. Then the world is covered in even more tiny pieces of plastic. It might be better to use old clothing. Also what about teaching the homeless to crochet?
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 10:37 am
This is BRILLIANT Christeen and I thank you for sharing it with us. It is something I will keep in mind, as there are few things that bother me as much as the irresponsible lack of responsibility by people with the "overuse of plastic (and everything else) and throw away" mentality. SO MUCH UNNECESSARY WASTE when due to a few aware people can help in such a profound way!
Many of you know I boycott plastic~ impossible to fulfill this 100% without limitless monies, but I'd say about 85%. I carry baskets for everything and lost one last month. While visiting the Farmers Market in Ojai I noticed an entirely different looking basket and inquired. They were RECYCLED PLASTIC from Kenya. The inside was woven quite well (STRONG) and the hard plastic was dyed and stitched (with recycled plastic) making lovely tribal designs. I've already used it many times as it is huge and I can put my pots,pans (green),foods,etc. over to my neighbor's homes to make supper from my garden. I've been trying to think of 'something new for me' to generate a wee bit of income and I AM ALL OVER THIS.
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 10:45 am
Gloria, I have been using recycled plastic bags for DECADES and they carry up to 40ish lbs. with no problem. THEY ARE STRONG AND SEEM TO LAST FOREVER as well as my woven Nigerian baskes. This is only my experience of course but even so until they boycott these bags in every county in every state they will end in the landfill. I feel the help they provide those living in the cold due to the state, country, planet of affairs is a well worth responsibility to help those with less than you.
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 12:11 pm
Gloria, the plastic is already there, they're re-using it ... they can't add more tiny bits of plastic than would already be created. Unfortunately there is little we can realistically do about the plastic already produced, except try to keep using it by recycling it. Perhaps in the future we'll have a better solution but for now recycling and re-using keeps the plastic out of the food chain.
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 4:35 pm
Here lies a story...I had a great aunt Fanny who died over 40years ago. She lived in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in a 3 room apt. She would collect the plastic wrappings from toilet paper, paper towels, even gum wrappers and would cochet this material into everything from toilet paper cozys, to blankets.
I can't believe she was so many years ahead of her time. She would give these away to people who were in need (the blankets).Then, she was known as the local garbage picker.
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 10:44 pm
This would be a good project for a Girl Scout Troop with a lot of discussion about the environment and helping others as they could be donated to a number of shelters. thank you Christeen!! This was a great share!!!!!!