Recycling grocery bags in the best way possible

- "It takes me about three Rays games to crochet one," she continued.

The Lutz Land O Lakes Women's Club and Solomon have made 40 mats for the homeless and showing others how do it as well.

"I don't know how many more are being made because it's spreading," said Solomon.

Homeless organizations can't seem to keep them in stock either.

"As soon as we get them in, people want them," said Jessica Brenner, a volunteer at The Well.

A Bay Area woman is changing the way we use plastic grocery bags.  Anoko Solomon and the Lutz Land O' Lakes Women's Club transform ordinary bags into mats for the homeless.

"You just tie them together like a sting of rubber-bands or something," explained Solomon.

She has been crocheting for over 50 years and started crocheting plastic bags since last spring.  It takes about 500 plastic bags to make just one mat.

"They've been really popular because you can roll them up, they're light, and it's just easy to throw it down anywhere to go to sleep."

For Solomon though, this project takes on a new meaning.

"I didn't expect this to be one of my favorite projects, but it is."

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Recycling grocery bags in the best way possible
  • Deputies need help identifying skimmer suspects
  • Ireland Nugent's mother also faces leg amputation
  • Prayers for young victim of boat accident
  • One dead following Palmetto officer-involved shooting
  • Woman allegedly tries to deposit fake check, leaves behind ID
  • Missing teen's family begs public: Please bring him back home
  • 12-year-old boy charged with burglarizing school
  • Stan Lee appearing at MegaCon Tampa Bay to raise money for Irma victims
  • Paraglider injured after hitting power lines