Plarn you say? What is plarn?
Technically plarn is plastic yarn which is made by recycling plastic bags. Yes! All those plastic bags from the grocery and retail stores can be easily made into plarn which is then knitted or crocheted into plarn projects. One extremely worthwhile plarn project is to upcycle the plastic bags into plarn sleep mats for the homeless.
Upcycle & Recycle Plastic Bags Into Plarn
I’ve written a few articles on how to make plarn and the various uses for plarn. It is amazing what useful items you can turn a plastic bag into while making good use of plastic bags. A few of the popular plarn projects are: purses, grocery shopping bags, rugs, shoes, bowls, plant hangers and as you can see from the photo above – a warm and cozy snuggle blanket for pets.
However on a more serious note we also use plarn to make sleeping mats for the homeless. The needs of our community are great and this is one small way to giveback and assist those in need. Knitting or crochet needles, plastic bags (alot!) and a few hours of volunteer time is all it takes to transform your plastic bags into plarn sleep mats for homeless individuals.
Song & Spirit Institute for Peace is holding a fundraiser this Tuesday and one of the on site creative community service projects will be teaching volunteers how to make plarn and use the plarn for sleeping mats. Read more about the outreach efforts of Song and Spirit to support the needy here.
Song & Spirit At Leon & Lulu Fundraiser
On Tuesday, October 18th a plarn inspired fundraiser for Song & Spirit was held at the fun, funky and fabulous Leon & Lulu store to benefit Song & Spirit Institute for Peace.
Enjoy a fun night while supporting this worthwhile charity onsite outreach opportunities, learn how to make plarn sleeping mats, prep Carepax for the needy and browse the one-of-a-kind mosaic tiles made by volunteers of Song & Spirit.
Outreach – Plarn Sleep Mats For Homeless
On Thursday the Song & Spirit Care’avan was on the streets of metro Detroit providing supportive services to those in need and without homes. Food, hot soup, and plarn sleeping mats were distributed along with a friendly smile and supportive word.
Do plarn sleeping mats make a difference? You bet.
The weather is always a challenge for those in need. One of the recipients of a plarn sleeping mat remarked, ” how grateful he was that he would not have to look for cardboard to sleep on and try to stay warm.”
When he found out that the plarn sleeping mats were made by volunteers he said he felt it was a gift from the heart which made it “so very special.”
How To Make Plarn
If you are interested in learning how to upcycle, recycle and turn your plastic bags into plarn the following posts explain how:
How To Make Plarn Projects With Plastic Yarn – free plarn patterns
Image Credit: Song & Spirit Institute of Peace, consent of Care-avan recipients, The Savvy Age, Margaret G.