Plastic drinking straws–we often use them once and throw them away. It raises more awareness about environmental issues. But a women’s  initiative in Uganda is breathing new life into discarded millions of straws by turning them into hats, bags and bracelets.

The women collect straws from bars and restaurants, then wash, disinfect and flatten them before creating uniquely woven bags in their homes. The finished products even exported to Europe and the United States. Local women also get the additional income.

Besides, there are other awesome crafts ideas using drinking straws–DIY room decorations, earrings, lights and much more.