June 8, 2009 -
The Life Skills class at St. Charles College has been on a milk bag kick since March. They have been collecting and cutting the opaque, outer bags to create sleeping mats for adults and children in Third World countries. The mats create a buffer from dirt and bugs. It also diverts waste from the landfill.
The students cut the bags into strips and loop them to form balls of yarn. They are then crocheted into sleeping mats by a group of retired teachers in the Sudbury area.
It takes 250 bags to create one adult size mat. A child size mat requires 150 bags. With 1300 bags, the students have helped 5 adults or 9 children in other parts of the world.