Bar Stools Made from Plastic Bags

I've seen a number of creative things made from plastic bags—fabric, knitting materials—but this idea is pretty cool. The stool top you see above is made from fused plastic bags constructed by inner-city youth in Boston, Massachusetts. The project coordinator developed the idea while working on his senior thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design. The group is also working on developing a mold for tables and various other pieces of furniture. Now, I'm not entirely sure about the environmental effects of melting down plastic, but it's better than just sending it to the landfill, no?

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The stools received the Social Responsibility Award by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) at the 2011 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.

I could see so many uses for melting down plastic bags. I hope it goes towards the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy of use and re-use!

(images: casasugar)