One Arizona couple is using their home’s excess plastic bags to weave mats for the homeless. Douglas and Adele Crouch use weaving techniques to make the mats.

Douglas Crouch, who makes plastic yarn, explained the process,” First thing we do is flatten out the bag.” He then takes the plastic and forms it into large balls after folding and cutting the material. Adele then crochets the bags together using a single crochet stitch.”

The finished mat is 3.5 feet wide, 5 feet long and weighs 5 pounds. Each mat uses 700 plastic bags. Adele crochets each mat herself and estimates that one mat takes about 100 hours, “Three hours [at a time] is about my max because after a while, your hands start to get sore,” she said.

The Crouches experienced homelessness after their house burned down. Adele called the experience, “pretty scary.” Adele also makes beanies and scarves for the homeless, ” My saying is ‘Be nice to someone for no reason.'”

The community has donated a lot of the plastic bags and yarn to keep the project going. To donate, you can send Adele a message on Facebook.

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You can read more about people helping with plastic pollution in One Green Planet, dog walker in Scotland inspiring others to pick up trash and a Nova Scotia woman cleaning up her local beach.

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