Plastic Yarn Challenge
Turn plastic shopping bags into plarn (plastic yarn)!
Hosted by: Engineers for a Sustainable World
Visit our Booth: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
The Challenge: Learn how to reuse and repurpose one of the peskiest household items: Plastic Shopping Bags. We will be turning these shopping bags into rope, coasters, bowls, and more!
- Plastic Shopping Bags
- Hot Glue or Super Glue
- Newspaper or Tissue Paper
- Bowl (to use as a mold)
Please watch this video to show step by step how to repurpose plastics bags: Turning plastics bags into something new
Share your creation on Flipgrid.
Be careful when cutting and hot gluing or ask an adult to help you!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's theme of Exploring Earth and Energy?
Plastic bags are everywhere throughout our earth! They are in our homes, gutters, landfills, and even our oceans! Did you know that plastic shopping bags are only used for an average of 12 minutes? After that, what do you do with them? Engineers are creating ways to remove plastic from our oceans and ways to convert plastic bags into energy. In this activity, we will be using our engineering skills to repurpose plastic bags so they can be reused in many different ways and prevent plastic pollution in our environment!
Engineers for a Sustainable World mobilizes engineers and non-engineers through education, training, and action. We build collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of current and future generations. We are dedicated to building a world in which engineering fosters environmental, social, and economic sustainability to improve both the quality of life and the condition of our planet. We strive to promote sustainability in our community and organization with events and technical projects.