Shopping Bags to Sleeping Mats

Collect Reusable Shopping Bags for the Un-housed

One way we can reuse disposable shopping bags is to cut them up and weave them into sleeping mats to put a barrier between people who have to sleep outside and the cold hard ground.

The Missions & Community Engagement Committee has purchased two looms, which will arrive in mid-June. It takes hundreds of bags to make one mat. Here’s how you can help.

  • Save your CLEAN, DRY, EMPTY shopping bags. Small tears are OK.
  • If you can, flatten and fold them.
  • Bring them to the white collection bin in the donation station (first floor coat room.)
  • Volunteer! You can cut bags at home in preparation for weaving, or help weave! Watch for weaving dates and come help make mats this summer. Want to know more? Reach out to