Omaha, NE: Recycling and Giving Back

For the last couple years, Brookestone Village has been making sleeping mats for the Open Door Mission, a local homeless shelter. To make the mats, it really does take a village! We have residents, volunteers and staff members that participate in the process. We start with donated plastic grocery bags and flatten them out. We then cut them into strips that are tied together and finally crocheted. Each mat takes around 1,200 bags. Since the inception of the project, we have made around 250 mats. That’s a whopping 300,000 bags that we have saved from the landfill.

He were honored when we received an invitation from Lauritzen Gardens to participate in their Metamorphosis exhibit. The exhibit is constructed of found, recycled, and reused plastic objects. We were asked to come and perform a live demonstration of our plastic mat project. Several residents, family members, volunteers and staff were able to participate. If you have plastic bags that you would like to donate, please drop them off at Brookestone Village!

Serving:  We succeed by focusing our attention and energies on anticipating and exceeding people’s expectations. Our actions are driven by a “Yes, I Can” attitude and the commitment that we are “Family Serving Family.”

Submitted By:

Kristin Koopman, Community Relations Coordinator

Brookestone Village, Omaha NE