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?