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Operation Self Sustainability - Making Useful Items out of Trash Bags

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Published on Jun 15, 2012

Please share this video with anyone involved in humanitarian projects! The is a part of a series of videos produced by www.bridging-humanity.org which teaches the poor how to create things out of trash so they can become self sufficient. This video was conducted at the orphanage of Orphelinat Niaber located in Bamako, Mali, Africa. For this particular lesson we took empty plastic water pouches and garbage bags littered on the streets of Bamako, Mali and fused them together to make other useful items (table clothes, crib liners, shower curtain and rain ponchos). We also used this procedure to teach the children under the care of www.rebuildglobally.org in Port of Prince, Haiti how to repair their hole ridden tents by fusing empty grocery bags onto them. Fusing garbage bags is easy. All you need to do is place a newspaper on a table (or you can use empty cereal bags which is made out of wax paper). Then layer plastic bags, grocery bags, water pouches and pretty much anything plastic. If you use clear plastic bags then you can get creative by placing decorations inside them. The more bags you layer, the stronger the end result will be. After you are done layering the plastic bags then place a newspaper on top. Then turn your iron to a medium temperature and iron on top of the newspaper. Spot check periodically to see if the bags have fused. You can also use this procedure to repair holes in plastic shower curtains, umbrellas (depends on the umbrella but for many you can carefully remove fabric from wire frame), raincoats, sleeping bags, tents, etc. Stay tuned for more Bridging Humanity Operation Self Sustainability videos!

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