Month of May – Plastic

  • Location
    Nolensville, Tennessee
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
  • Group Type
    Community-Based Program

The Problem

Every piece of plastic ever made is still on Earth today. If we can come together and repurpose and recycle plastic, global welfare can be sustained.

Our Plan

By the processes of upcycling and repurposing, we want to physically change the meaning of plastic. The environmentally brutal connotation of plastic gives the substance its reputation, but if we, as a community, change that meaning to one of hope and prosperity, then we could redefine the meaning of sustainability and conservation.

Themes Addressed

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    Environmental Justice
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    Zero Waste

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

It was a great start! I began to cut plastic bags into strings and I rolled this into a ball. Tomorrow, I will begin the process of knitting it all together!

Through this project I/we learned:

How easy it is to repurpose something wasteful (well at this is only the beginning of the "repurposing" project)

What I/we might change:

I would invite more people to join. I would also collect bags from people who considered the bags trash. We use our plastic bags as dog poop bags.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

This was a calming project. I could relax on the couch and prepare some plastic string; The process is rewarding and simple.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

After preparing a large mass of "plarn" (plastic yarn), you can knit or crochet it into sleeping mats. These mats are thick, durable, and waterproof, so they make a perfect donation to a homeless shelter or person. I do not have any tips.

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