Put this under the "unexpected consequences" file.
When the state of New York passed its plastic bag ban, which goes into effect March 1, volunteers who use bags to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless suddenly found themselves facing a shortage of materials for their project.
"I was devastated. I was crushed," Gail Potter told The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.
That's because it takes 850 bags and 50 hours to crochet one 3-foot-by-6-foot-long mat, according to the local newspaper. She has distributed more than 400 of the mats since she began making them and has another 100 ready to hand out.
For now, her group, Mats for a Mission, is hoarding bags and looking for alternatives.