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Briefly Noted: Bags to Beds

How does one turn 500 plastic bags into a comfortable sleeping mat? U of U studfetns had the answer at the Clean Air Solutions Fair. They collect plastic bags and then cut and tie them into plastic yarn, or plarn. The plarn is then crocheted into 3-ft. by 6-ft. insulating sleeping mats. These mats are amazingly thick and soft. The students are making them to distribute to homeless people who often sleep on cold, hard surfaces.

We spoke with one satisfied customer. “They really work,” he marveled. They also have the potential to remove thousands of plastic batgs from the waste stream.

Drop of your bags at the Bennion Center on the frist floor of the U of U Student Union Building. JF :;