Lakewood High School senior, Shelby Tillema, is being praised after finding a way to create a club that not only helps the environment but also helps the homeless people as well.
In an interview with JPS-TV, Shelly Tillema revealed that she was inspired after she saw a news report about “Bev’s Bag Brigade,” a group of women who are able to produce hundreds of “plarn” mats for the Volunteers of America since 2009.
Volunteers of America then distribute them to those in need. A “Plarn” is basically plastic yarn.
Shelby went on to create the Lakewood High School’s “Plarn Club”, with other students joining to turn plastic bags into something useful.
According to the Center of Biological Diversity, an estimated 100 billion plastic bags are used each year and each plastic bag can take more than 500 years to degrade in a landfill.
That’s not mentioning the countless marine animals who are poisoned or hindered by the presence of plastic in their habitat.
“You take recycled plastic grocery bags or just any plastic bags and you cut them into strips, and you tie those strips together and that makes this thing called plarn, plastic bag yarn,” president and club founder Shelby Tillema told JPS-TV.
After making the plarn, the students then crochet it into sleeping mats before handing them over to the Jeffco Action Center, who then donate them to homeless people living on the streets.
“It’d be awesome if other Jeffco schools imitated this idea.” Shelby said.
A nice and warm plarn sleeping mat can make all the difference for someone who needs it! If you live around the Lakewood High School and have some plastic bags that you’re not using, feel free to help with this amazing cause!
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