A group of high-school students from three Georgia schools took their study of plastic waste and turned it into an effort to help others and the environment. The students used 6,000-plus plastic bags to make sleeping mats for people who are homeless. Each mat is made from scraps from 450 plastic bags that are woven on a loom. The students' idea won first place in the Georgia Future Problem Solving Program's Community Problem Solving competition this month, and they will present it to an international panel in June.

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