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The International Plastic Quilt Project (page 2)

The International Plastic Quilt Project

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Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Other Ways to Contribute

Even if your child or student doesn't want to make a square, there are still other ways you can contribute to the cause. Create Plenty has other online resources for educators, your child can watch informational videos tailored to their grade level about the impacts of plastic waste on the environment. There are also directions for another craft activity called “Plarn,” making yarn out of plastic! The “Choking Hazards” video on the website includes a Learning Guide to help students understand dangers of plastics. The organization also encourages children to work in their own communities to come up with ideas for reducing plastic and other waste.

Recycle and Reuse in Your Own Community

Some ideas for recycling, reusing materials, and reducing waste in your own community include:

  • Have a “silverware drive” at your school--bring in real silverware for cafeteria use, thereby cutting down on use of plastic cutlery.
  • Recycle ink cartridges from computers; do a school-wide drive to help collect such cartridges from homes and then find a place in your town (often office supply stores) that recycles them.
  • Recycle batteries; do a school-wide drive to collect batteries and research to find a place to take them for recycling.
  • Recycle old cell phones, see above as for batteries and ink cartridges.
  • Collect old toys and clothes that families don’t want and donate them to Goodwill or another charity organization (rather than throwing such items in the trash).
  • Sew cloth sandwich bags, to replace plastic sandwich bags in school lunches.
  • Compost school cafeteria food (if composting collection services are available in your town). Brainstorm with your child and think of some more ideas!

So start you very own piece of a plastic quilt today. It's easy, and it's a great way for your child to flex those creative muscles of hers and make some art. Most importantly, you and your child will be helping to reduce waste and landfill products, doing your part to save the planet in a big way. Happy Quilting!  

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