Create a Pillow out of empty plastic foils

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Pollution is one of the biggest environmental issue. The air gets unhealthier each day. Waters are loaded with non-biodegradable trash, which leads to poisoning of marine life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, In the United States alone, 251 million tons or 228 million metric tons of garbage is produced annually. That equals 4,837 of the legendary Titanic Ship. Plastic bottles, cans, leftovers, paper, foils, candy wrappers, etc., all contribute to the damage that humans cause to nature.

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It is a sad fact, though, that despite the effort of a lot of people to save the earth from further destruction by educating people about recycling, many still pay no attention. For some, perhaps the fact that they have not directly experienced nature's wrath makes them not really care about the environmental issues the world is facing.

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Recycling is an easy way to help conserve nature. Anyone can do it, for it isn't difficult. You can also re-use things and turn them into something creative and useful again. You might have heard of the slogan, "There is gold or money in garbage."

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If your household, or maybe your neighborhood, uses a great deal of foil wrappers, you can make something new out of them. If you love pillows or would like to give a customized present while you help reduce waste, read on to learn how a foil pillow is made. It is easy and you can get your kids involved.

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  1. 1
    Gather the materials needed
    You will need a pair of scissors, plastic cover/cloth, a sewing kit and the empty foil packs.
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  2. 2
    Cut the plastic foil packs into strips about one inch wide.
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  3. 3
    Cut the strips thinly until you have enough amount of thinly cut plastic foil packs to fill your pillow.
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  4. 4
    Create a pillowcase using the plastic or the cloth
    You can create any design you want from a circle-, square- or heart-shaped pillow.
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  5. 5
    Sew the edges of the cloth/plastic cover, but leave a small opening.
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  6. 6
    Start filling the pillowcase with the thinly cut plastic foils.
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  7. 7
    Close the opening so that no filling will come out.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Cut plastic foils as thinly as possible.
  • You can add lace on the edges of the pillow to hide the markings on the edges.
  • You can ask your kids and siblings to do it with you so that you can cut the foils much more quickly.
  • You can customize the pillows and give them as presents for birthdays or Christmas.
  • Stuff the pillowcase with more foil strips to make it fluffier and softer.
  • Always ensure safety when working with kids. Teach them the safe way to handle sharp tools like scissors.

Questions and Answers

Can you email me the steps in making pillow using plastic bags please?

I'd like to know the best type of wrapper or plastic that is suitable, and if it's not noisy sleeping on a pillow made of plastics.

You can use any type of plastic or wrapper, though the ones that make the least noise tend to be the thicker shopping bags. They are all a bit noisy if you are sleeping on them, but once you stop turning, they are quiet. To make a pillow, just follow the steps in this article, and then stuff the cut plastics into the pillow covering of your choice. Close it up, and if using it as a sleeping pillow, put a pillowcase over it. That's all you need to do to have your own pillow from recycled plastics.

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