How To ::
> change lives with trash
The women-owned and women-run Cooperatives in the Philippines that make these wonderful bags from recycled materials started their business as a way to clean up their neighborhoods and to improve the lives of their families. More than ten years ago they began by collecting the ubiquitous juice pouches that littered their streets and by turning them into small, useful items that they could sell.
Today, their Cooperatives touch thousands of families in a network dedicated to recycling, re-using and re-purposing trash. The money they earn stays in their neighborhoods to fund a diverse array of social programs, such as health clinics, micro loans to other women-owned businesses and scholarships for their kids. It also offers them a chance to earn a decent living in a caring and nurturing environment run by and for women.
> live the recycle life
Let's face it, the "throw-away" lifestyle is one of the more dubious "achievements" of our affluent industrial and post-industrial societies. No one in the economically less advantaged parts of our globe considers as garbage the stuff we routinely toss aside. Recycling is a way of life there. Nothing is wasted. Our great-grandparents lived like that as well and their ethic of hard work and little waste was the engine that grew America. It's not too late to return to that way of life ourselves.
> help the planet
Recycling is a daily effort and it's an effort that makes sense for the planet, for you and for your wallet. The simple act of bringing your own re-usable grocery bag to the market has a ripple effect that reaches across thousands of miles and touches thousands of lives in a positive way. Thanks for buying a recycled bag.
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