Plarn Workshop

Conservation Action: Plarn Workshop

Give new life to your plastic shopping bags with plarn! Plarn (plastic + yarn) is a fun project material that can be used in your knitting and crochet projects. Plastic shopping bags typically have a useful lifespan of about 15 minutes, but they last in our landfills for centuries and cannot be recycled in your bins at home (they have to back to the grocery store). Reusing these bags by weaving them into anything from floor mats to reusable bags is a fun way to decrease the amount of plastic bags going into our landfills.

On Saturday, August 20 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center will be hosting a plarn weaving workshop. Tori Carle, the City of Greensboro’s recycling educator, will be on site to teach you how to repurpose your plastic shopping bags for knitting and crochet projects.

What to bring:

  • at least 10 plastic shopping bags
  • Q sized crochet hook (16mm)

Need a project idea?

The City of Greensboro is collecting sleeping mats made from plarn to distribute to the homeless in our community who need portable sleeping surfaces that will provide a barrier for those who sleep on the ground. These mats will be distributed by Greensboro police offers and the Interactive Resource Center. The City’s goal is to collect 100 plarn bed rolls by October 1. Learn more about Operation Bed Roll on the City of Greensboro’s website:

Be sure to join us on Saturday, August 20 to learn a neat new skill with a cool conservation edge!

Nice Threads!

New Staff Shirts

New Staff Shirts

You may have noticed many of our employees are sporting brand new staff shirts featuring the Greensboro Science Center logo. This change means our staff has a large amount of old clothing to dispose of. Instead of tossing them in the trash and filling up our landfills, our Conservation Committee, made up of employee volunteers, found a wonderful solution for us: recycling fabric!

Old Shirts Being Recycled

Old Shirts Being Recycled

Staff members have filled collection bins with stacks of shirts to be recycled. Logos have been removed and the fabric can now be re-processed to make other textiles. This is just one example of the great ideas our Conservation Committee has developed to help our employees protect our planet. We’re proud of this team for coming up with such a wonderful sustainable solution for our old shirt surplus!