Mum builds epic rock climbing wall out of single-use plastics

The mother of two used over 5,000 plastic bags to create the ‘rocks’.

Managing plastic waste is one of our planet’s biggest challenges. According to National Geographic, half of all plastics ever manufactured were made in the 15 years leading up to June last year.

It is estimated that every year, about eight million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. This is equivalent to setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.

Even if it only makes a small difference, creative minds across the globe have found handy ways to make use of the one of the worst polluters, plastic bags.

From making a flower pot, to building sandals and even a rug, humanity always finds a way to turn something harmful into something useful.

If they weren’t creative enough ways to use plastic bags that would otherwise end up polluting our oceans, how about… building a rock wall out of them!

Lulu Lotus, from Toronto, did exactly that! The 26-year-old mother of two, used over 5,000 plastic bags to create the ‘rocks’, as well as using straws, small plastic toys, food wrappers and bottle caps.

Lulu used over 5,000 plastic bags to build the rock wall for her children.

After roughly two months of work, with the help of her two sons, the wall was finally constructed.

To find the bags, Lulu went on walks with her sons and picked up any plastic that they could find on the streets, posted in local Facebook groups, and asked friends if they had any that they were not going to use.

The inspiration came after she enrolled her two-year-old son in rock climbing lessons, and Lulu wanted him to be able to practice at home.

She said: “After browsing for rock holds and [finding out] that they were too pricey, I decided to look for ways to create my own. Single mums have to get creative sometimes! Now both my one and two-year-old climb on this daily!”

This is the sort of creativity we love to see! Every little helps!

If you would like to learn more about Lulu’s rock climbing wall made out of single-use plastics, you can check out her YouTube channel.

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