A great way of reducing our environmental impact and reduce our waste!
Shopping bags made from recycled newspapers, made by local people in a farming village on the Indonesian island of Bali.
This project provides supplemental income for the small farming community in the hills of eastern Bali. Other than traditional farming, there’s no local industry to generate income for the villagers. The funds raised with this project helps pay for education for local children. It’s all about giving back to the community.
Villagers collect old newspapers from nearby participating hotels. The bags are made out of the used papers and bundled. How it works is that the villagers fold the used newspapers over different sized wooden boxes to create different sized bags: small, medium, large and bottle bags. Utilizing strips of banana tree fibers, they create the twine for the handles. This is more cost-effective than ready-made twine
It takes about 20 minutes to produce a large bag, slightly less to make the smaller ones. The wine bottle bags are double layered.
The project was started a few years back by Plantoon, one of the villagers, and now both men and women in the village have become involved with it, making the compound where the bags are made a daily social hub where people come together to chat and where children can play.
We ship these bundles of recycled newspaper bags in our containers filled with furniture and other objects from Bali, to minimize the environmental impact of transporting these bags.
If you would like to receive more information about these bags, please give us a call at (403) 244-7171 or send us an email.