Milk bag mats for Haiti
Our regional recycling program has a mission to allow no more plastics in the landfill site. That a tall order, considering that so much of what we buy comes wrapped in plastic, like bread and milk. I try to cut back, including the use of the plastic wrap to store food in the refrigerator, so I bought containers with resealable lids. Sigh. Many of them are plastic too, but at least they last a long time.
Here an interesting fact that I learned yesterday it takes 15 years for the plastic milk bags to break down in a landfill omega watches site. Some creative person has come up with a better use for those bags, one that considers its long life and washable qualities and that does some good for people.
A friend of mine said that she collects milk bags for a special project. She cuts the bag into strips, connects those loops, then crochets the lengths of plastic like yarn to make the mats. I dropped off some bags last week that I been collecting for her. I don remember where they go, only that they are useful to people in Third World countries. She is involved in a mission that makes mats for people in Haiti.
A mission to keep plastic out of landfill sites connects with another mission.
Northwest Haiti Christian Mission Canada has been helping Canada recycle while providing sanitary and comfortable sleeping mats for Haitians.
People in Haiti must travel great distances for medical attention. Having those mats means that patients have a sanitary mat to rest on while they wait, and insects that would normally nest in the natural palm leaves do not like the plastic.
These mats have travelled far into the mountains of Haiti with those who have received healing for their bodies at the Mission.
These mats may also be of use in the earthquake district of Port au Prince. I wonder if anyone has thought of that. Granted the people there need much more than mats. They need shelter, food, water, and hope for a better future. Read more about the mats4Haiti here .
Perhaps you be the next one collecting bags or making the mats.
I e mailing to find out more about making milk bag mats for Haiti. I am widowed and retired and I would either like to join a group that is already working on this project or I would be willing to start a group to make the beds.
I live in Kitchener, Ontario and I worked in Haiti in the 60 so I would enjoy working on a project specifically for Haiti. I would have to learn how to make them but would be willing to try.
Please let me know where I could get in touch with someone in my city who may be already working on this project or would like to join a group.
I am an elementary teacher at Fairport Beach in Pickering, and our eco committee is interested in becoming involved in the milk bag mat scenario. My mother has been involved and suggests we teach the kids in the group how to cut the bags, and then forward them to someone such as yourself to do the crocheting. My mother is planning to come to our school in the coming weeks with a sample mat she has crocheted to show the group what the final product might look like. We be glad to collect and cut the bags for you, and would welcome a visit if you can make it.
I offer my blog as a place to connect people who wish to collect bags or make mats. If you go to this post on my blog, you can locate several groups:A couple from New Hamburg are no longer involved.
Thanks for stopping by and inquiring.
I live in Mississauga and we are a group who are greatly interested in this project. Ihave been collecting of late and would like to know who collects the milk bags in Mississauga and also if someone can demonstrate how they are done. I have seen the demonstration in You tube but would be nice to have a direct face to demonst omega watches ration. I be gretaly intersted in any way and can involve a few of my friends too in this noble endeavour. I can also bne omega watches reached at 905 507 2714. In t omega watches he meanwhile I also contact Chandra Kelly mentioned in one of the blogs re: the same.