Darn with ‘plarn’ is an environmental and social community project that anyone can contribute to at any time, in many ways.
It is also a wellbeing project for all who are involved in any way. The feel good from engaging and contributing has a wellbeing ripple effect.
The end points
There are 2 end points for the plastic yarn collected to create a purposeful product that avoids it ending up in landfill.
The first is plastic mats that bring a little more comfort to those sleeping rough on the streets.
We pass on completed Care Mats to locations who service and support those experiencing the pain of wet and cold weather when sleeping out.
The second is useable items for lifelong use.
We supply the used plastic bags converted to plarn that we receive, to volunteer people in the community keen to make products e.g. beach bags, beach mats to donate to be auctioned to raise funds for environmental charities / organisations.
We currently supply our Care Mats to:
- Hutt St Centre
Currently this project is being engaged by schools, Girl Guides, individuals and groups.
There are many ways you can contribute to this project. The roles and small parts that contribute to the whole include:
- collect plastic bags
- clear out any food items from the bags
- fold and flatten the bag
- cut strips and ball up the ‘plarn’
- drop off at our drop off spots around the city
- utilise the plarn – crotchet squares or lengths towards a mat
And once again – there are no have to’s, just as it works for you.
WE currently have a few local and interstate and national organisations that the highest bidders for our plarn products, can to contribute to, in exchange for the plarn item.
- The Great Barrier Reef
- R.O.L.E. Save Bali’s environment
- Our Coast Our Mission
We know that people WANT to HELP and be involved in purposeful, rewarding and fulfilling projects and that’s what Darn with Plarn brings.
Darn with Plarn was inspired by the Knit a Care Square project.
As we received squares generously donated by the community, we discovered we had an abundance of plastic bags with no purpose.
Remembering a successful project in America, where plastic bags were transformed to plastic mats with a purpose, we knew we had a direction.
While most of our plarn goes towards these mats, we have also discovered another purpose for the plastic bags.
With so many in the community, loving being creative, we have explored other uses for the plastic bags.
Our creative team of volunteers are now on the mission of making goods from the plarn.
And in line with community support to a cause outside of ourselves,
the items AUCTIONED raise funds for an environmental cause.