CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: The ladies at Creative recycling centre have started their first project as an attempt at Australia’s largest recycled rug. Members include Lisa Smith, Cindi Bush,Tracey Smith, Kay Longden and Teresa Wilkie.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: The ladies at Creative recycling centre have started their first project as an attempt at Australia’s largest recycled rug. Members include Lisa Smith, Cindi Bush,Tracey Smith, Kay Longden and Teresa Wilkie. Mike Richards GLARECYCLE

Record attempt to recycle rags into rug in creative way

A NATIONAL record could soon belong to Gladstone if these creative ladies succeed.

A team of five ladies are creating Australia's largest recycling rug and its made out of used rags - and they need yours.

Group organiser Tracey Smith said making the rug would take 12 months and hundreds of people could potentially be involved of hundreds to be involved.

"We wanted to create a project that any age, from young to old, far and wide, could be involved in," she said.

"We're asking people and businesses to create a 1mx1m panel out of whatever cloth product they like, and we'll sew them together to make a huge recycled rug."

It's been 18 months of planning for the group so far, with the help of Rotary Midday. They will publicly launch the first pieces of the rug at this years' Ecofest.

Committee member Cindi Bush said with all the support they've received so far she's expecting a huge rug.

"Who knows we might need a forklift by the end of it," she laughed.

Ultimately the ladies will dismantle the rug and deliver a different piece to each person, to share a different story.

"It's a way of linking the community together," Ms Smith said. "And the process of making it brings back good ole' fashioned conversation to groups."

On Wednesday night the ladies held an information seminar. More than 40 locals turned up.