‘Bag Ladies’ Have Found A Unique Use For Disposable Bags

While most of us use disposable bags as garbage bags, doggie bags or extra lunch bags, a group of ladies are creating something truly unique with them.

Janice Akin says she and her friends are using them to make mats for homeless people. They’ve currently supplied many mats to the families down in Louisiana who lost their homes in the latest floods.

“It’s addictive,” says Akin. “It gets to the point that you do two or three and you see, ‘Hey I’m actually making a difference in someone’s life,’ and you want to do more.”

They call themselves the Bag Ladies. They met as a group in January 2015 at Second Baptist Church in Union City, Tennessee.

“It’s wonderful that it’s growing, that others what to help all these people,”

The mats aren’t difficult to make, it’s just a very tedious process. They cut the bags into strips, tie the strips together, roll them into a ball and crochet the plastic like it’s yarn. It takes 600 to 700 plastic bags to make one 3 foot by 6-foot mat.

They have recycled more than 52,000 plastic bags this year alone!

“This is not young ladies doing this,” says Akin. “This is older ladies with arthritis. And believe me, I have it. It hurts.”

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