plarn: handmade yarn made from plastic grocery bags looped together
(plastic + yarn = plarn)
According to the Earth Day Network, Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year. That's about 371 per person! Sadly, only about 10% of them are recycled, so repurposing plastic bags makes a lot of sense.
When volunteers across America saw all these hard-to-recycle, single-use, plastic grocery bags and a large population of people experiencing homelessness in their communities, they made durable, water-resistant, portable sleeping mats for people in need.
No one seems to know who first came up with the idea of taking used plastic grocery bags, cutting them into strips, looping them together into plastic yarn, or plarn, and then crocheting it to make sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness, but the idea is brilliant!