One Cool Thing: Recycling Grannies Upcycle Plastic into Treasure

Nannette Wall and Ethel Ford are two volunteers at the Sebastian Inlet State Park in Florida known as the “Recycling Grannies.” They take plastic bags, as well as plastic reclaimed from the ocean by rangers and turn it into “plarn” that can be used to crochet bags, gifts, as well as sleeping mats that Wall and Ford have been making for the homeless–half of their profits go right back to the park.

As WPTV reported, 25 years ago, Wall says a friend needed something to hold wet shoes. She heard about this craft that combined sewing and crocheting with plastic and brought the idea to Sebastian Inlet State Park where she spends 12 hours a week as a volunteer. Both women see craft items online, and wonder how they can make it from plarn. “You need to help the environment, even if it’s just a small way, but to keep all this out,” said Ford.

 

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