Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. A huge amount of plastic bags now litter every ocean on Earth. Discarded plastic does horrendous damage to Mother Nature, causing untold suffering and death to aquatic life as well as birds and other animals.

Inspired by The Plastic Project at Amma’s headquarters in Amritapuri, India, Amma South Africa has launched The Plastic Project in South Africa. The project aims to help curb plastic pollution while also creating long-term and sustainable employment for women in the community.

This is how it works: We collect used plastic bags, which are carefully sanitised. They are cut into long strips called ‘plarn’ and then crocheted into bags, baskets and other items. Selling these treasures provides the women with some much needed income. Excess proceeds go towards a feeding programme for disadvantaged children.

Every Saturday we can be found at the Franschhoek Village Market outside Cape Town and every second Sunday we're at the Lions Club Market at Hout Bay. If you live in the Cape Town area, please contact us about donating any plastic bags you may have to The Plastic Project. We need plastic shopping bags, plastic bread bags, plastic toilet roll bags, etc. We can come to you and pick up your plastic. We also have a large bin at the Franschhoek Village Market on Saturdays where you can drop off your plastic bags. We would greatly appreciate your support in this way.

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