Thursday, March 15, 2007

Plastic Bags on the Move

Today was an interesting day for me. I had an opportunity to teach clients who are mentally challenged from Marshall-Starke Development Center in Plymoth on how to conserve plastic bags by making coasters. It was interesting how these clients were able to catch easily on how to make these beautiful coasters. The plastic bags that seemed worthless and an annoyance to most of us turned to be a valuable treasure. I yet have to discover how many more beautiful crafts could be made from these plastic bags. I appreciate an opportunity to learn and teach someone else how to make these crafts. I still can't believe how colorful these coasters were.


Andrea L. said...

The clients really enjoyed themselves making those coasters with you guys. My mom said they were just soo proud of their coasters. They returned to MSDC with big smiles and made sure that everyone saw what they had made. Sometimes it's the very simple things that brighten someone's day.

Trish said...

Great work you guys! I would love to support your work. Where or how can I buy some of those great coasters?

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...


Thanks for posting your comment on the blog. On behalf of my students, I want you to know that we sincerely appreciate your support!

I will contact the Marshall-Starke Development Center this week to see if their clients are interested in selling you some of those coasters.

I also want to let you know that Jennifer Heimbuch, the instructor who taught my students how to create these crafts, will host a booth at BagFest. I know that she's busy making several products (e.g., coasters, purses) from plastic bags--she may have some coasters for sale at the festival.

Trish, thanks again for your post. If you have any other questions or comments, please don't hesitate to post them on the blog--you're also welcome to contact me directly at (574)520-4593.