Volunteer Club Recycles Bags into Yarn

March 4, 2015

In February, Center for Independent Futures' Volunteer Club gathered for a familiar project with new friends. Volunteers from Keshet visited the CIF office to help the group create "plarn," or plastic yarn. Plarn ends up in water-resistant sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness, but it starts as plastic grocery bags.

The volunteers developed a system that included folding the bags, cutting the bags into loops, and knotting the loops together. With enough connected loops, the plarn can be wrapped into balls, just like traditional yarn. We love the idea of recycling materials as part of a project that benefits our community!

Thank you to our friends at Keshet who joined us for last month's project and to all of our loyal volunteers! Please contact Becca at bkaplan@independentfutures.com if you are interested in learning more about Volunteer Club or to share ideas for ways our volunteers can give back to the Evanston community.






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