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Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: 304-720-9573
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Crochet Mats from Plastic Grocery Bags

crochet mat Transform all of your unwanted plastic shopping bags into something useful! By single crocheting strips of plastic bags together, you can make a plastic sleeping mat, which can be distributed to homeless shelters. The plastic bag mats will repel parasites and are moisture resistant, durable, lightweight, easy to store, and make a great temperature barrier.

The Kanawha County CEOS club began making the mats to donate to the Union Mission in Charleston for distribution among the homeless population. Now, the CEOS have adopted the project as a statewide project, with mats going to homeless people all over the state. You can read about the Kanawha County CEOS project in this Charleston Gazette article.

If you would like to learn about the mats and how to make them, check out the following links.

How-to instructions for crocheting environmentally friendly sleeping mats

Learn more about turning plastic bags into mats