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LIFESTYLE | 3 Years Ago By Diana Adams
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Help the Homeless & the Environment with Plastic Bags

Crochet Plastic Bag Blanket Bedroll

We are very passionate about helping homeless men, women and children. It’s hard to imagine what being homeless would be like unless we are put in that situation. Only because I spend so much time assisting people in that predicament, I have learned not to take the simple things in life for granted. For example, my cozy bed, the space heater under my desk and my refrigerator stocked with food are all things that most homeless people only dream about.

I know that once I am in my house at night, and I program my security system, I feel safe. Many homeless people, on the other hand, live in constant fear of being assaulted or hurt. It’s a life I wouldn’t wish on anyone, and I’m one those people that believes everyone, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a place to call home. We have written about homelessness many times before on Bit Rebels, and here is a sampling of those articles if you would like to read more about it:

The Tunnel People: Could You Live Like This?
Help The Homeless: 10 Ways That Don’t Cost Money!
Help The Homeless: Our Twitter Friend Takes Action!
Carissa’s Story: From the Streets to the Studio

Today I would like to share with you another creative idea that anyone who knows how to crochet or knit can implement to make a big difference for not only their local homeless community, but also for our environment. The best part is that it only costs about $2.50 (the cost for a crochet hook). Have you heard of plarn? Plarn is plastic yarn made from recycling plastic grocery bags, which as you know, are horrible for our environment. By easily learning how to create this yarn, you can actually crochet a surprisingly cozy blanket for a homeless person who might be cold outside right now.

I read about this here on the Mother Nature Network. A California woman named Kim Masoner, who teaches people how to create these blankets, says that it takes about 120 plastic bags to make one really nice blanket or bedroll. In the video below you can learn how to make the plarn from your own plastic bags that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere. The only downside I see to this is the time required; however, for people who love to crochet, this could be the most rewarding and meaningful project they’ve ever completed.

Crochet Bedroll From Plastic Bags

Recycle Plastic Bags for Environment

 
 
 
 
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Author: Diana Adams


Diana has a passion for blogging and has written over 4,000 articles on Bit Rebels. In addition to being a writer, she is a seasoned editor who also loves to sell online advertising in creative ways. You can usually find Diana working in her home office in Atlanta or sitting in the corner of a downtown Starbucks somewhere with her mobile devices in one hand and a Grande Caramel Macchiato in the other. She loves Star Wars, hot chicken wings, and nice people. You can reach Diana at adamsconsulting3@gmail.com

One Comment

ginger

April 7th, 2013

I made one but it didnt seem like it would be warm. How do we know that it will help keep people warm?

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