32 RECYCLING FOR PROFIT: Banning of Plastic Bags and Containers Brings New Opportunities
In Ghana, the cheeky Ghanaian businessman-cum-fashion designer Kwabena Osei Bonsu wanted to do something about the ubiquitous plastic bags that pollute the landscape of the capital, Accra.
In Accra, a small city of 2.2 million people, up to 60 tonnes of plastic packaging is dumped on the streets every day, a figure that has risen by 70 per cent over the past decade.
“I wanted to come up with an idea that would solve problems in my lifetime,” he said to The Independent.
He came up with the brilliantly simple solution of turning this waste and plastic bags back into usable and fashionable carryalls and handbags. He collects the plastic sacks and stitches them together. The business, Trashy Bags, employs a dozen tailors and seamstresses. Launched in December last year, it so far has collected 10 million used plastic bags from the streets and sold more than 6,000 bags. Handbags go for US$7.79. – (August 2008)
• thewrendesign.com • melissa.com.br
A Trashy Bag worker makes a bag. • modulab.cl • trashybags.org