Crochet Breasts for Eco Awareness

There are so many different “crochet for charity” causes out there that we could all stay busy with our hooks all year long just working for charity. Yet another new one that has recently emerged onto the scene is a project called Something in the Water. Through this project you can crochet breasts out of plastic bags and raise awareness about the danger of plastics in our waters. What do breasts have to do with water pollution? As the project description explains: Plastic is one of the most dangerous ocean pollutants because of the fact that it takes so long to decompose. Toxic chemicals in the water are absorbed into this plastic. When it does decompose, it gets eaten up by small marine animals. The small animals are eaten by larger animals, working their way up the food change. These toxins eventually end up in our bodies, including in the breast milk that we give our babies. So what’s what plastic pollution and breasts have to do with one another. In this project, crocheters can create their own plastic breasts following a pattern, with video, provided on the site linked to above. The breasts will be combined together to create a reef that floats at breast level. There will ultimately be an exhibition at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh and all crochet participants will be recognized at the exhibit. What you get out of participating in this crochet for charity project: New skills in crocheting with recycled plastics Getting to use up old plastic bags in a more eco-friendly way Contributing to an earth-friendly cause What are your opinions (positive or negative) about this crochet for charity project?

Women Crochet Milk Bag Sleeping Mats for People in Third World Countries

Sometimes people in third world countries have no bed or anything comfortable to sleep on. For example, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many people were left without homes and have had to find makeshift beds. Two women are working together to crochet recycled sleeping mats for these people in need. reported recently on the efforts of Joan Robinson and Mavis Elstone. These two women are part of a church group that is crocheting recycled plastic milk bags into sleeping mats. Apparently there are plastic outer bags that hold three liters of milk. These can be crocheted into small sleeping mats, which is exactly what the women are doing. You don’t have to have a lot of crochet skill to contribute to a cause such as this one. Joan Robinson only learned how to crochet about a week before she was actively involved in making these sleeping mats. She does have some craft experience as a quilter but she’s happy to be working on this important project. Sleeping mats aren’t the only thing that these women create for donation. They’ve made everything from lap blankets to baked goods for various fundraisers and causes. However this crochet bag project particularly caught my eye because it serves two good causes at once. Not only does it benefit the people in other countries who need a place to sleep but it also recycles the plastic bags and so is good for the earth. This isn’t the only crocheted plastic bag project being done for a good cause either. The Ironton Tribune recently featured an article on a woman at a senior center who used more than 150 plastic bags to crochet a large floor mat. This project is designed to emphasize the environmental benefits of crocheting recycled bags (and ending the use of them in our society once and for all! Do you know of any other good recycled crochet projects that are going on for a great cause?