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Sleeping mat project helps homeless, reuses plastic


July 12, 2019

Caleb Swanson

Volunteers take time weekly to come together and work as one well-oiled machine. They work on every step in the extensive mat-making process, all the while talking and laughing about their past week.  

Pollution and homelessness, two significant issues facing the country and our county, have sparked creative and innovative solutions. One group in Carlton seeks to address both issues with its 100-percent-recycled plastic sleeping mats.

Every Tuesday, a group of half a dozen people gather at 9 a.m. to cut, tie, and crochet plastic bags into durable sleeping mats for the homeless population living throughout Carlton County.

Maureen Singleton, the group's founder, was a member of a similar group in Florida which has been making mats for nearly four years. She has made 39 mats over the years...

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