Weavers recycle shopping bags to protect a Spanish village from the sun

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VALVERDE DE LA VERA, Spain, September 1 (Reuters) – The sun beats down on the narrow streets of the Spanish village of Valverde de la Vera, filtered through multicolored shades made from plastic bags and the remains of old advertising signs. .

A group of mostly elderly residents got together to weave the panels from recycled materials to decorate their homes, protect their neighbors from the scorching heat and do their part for the environment.

“We appreciate the shade, especially because of the high temperatures we’ve had this year, but also because it was made by people in the village,” said Marina Fernandez, a 41-year-old architect and designer. Reuters.

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Spain suffered three unusually long heat waves this summer that stoked devastating wildfires and exacerbated one of the worst droughts in decades.

Weavers use knitting needles to roll up the plastic into thin strips which are then made into blinds and hung above the streets to protect people from the sun.

Some of the shades show images of a woman meeting a man while others are simply a burst of bright color.

Manuel Fernandez Sanchez, a 69-year-old retired teacher, said weaving was not just for women in this village of 483 people about 150 km (90 miles) west of Madrid.

“We are a small community… A public art project is very interesting for the village in many ways: social, environmental, from a human point of view and for tourism,” he said then. that he was working on another part. of recycled plastic.

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Written by Graham Keeley, edited by Andrei Khalip and Andrew Heavens

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