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Recycled Plastics From India [Cool & Environmentally Brillliant]


Environment  (tags: environment, recycled plastics, Sustainabililty, conservation )

Janet
- 2159 days ago - shop.thehungersite.com
Made from plastic bags gathered from trash heaps in east New Delhi by Conserve India, a non-governmental organization (NGO) on the cutting edge of both environmental issues and women's fair trade. No dyes are used--instead layers of different colored ..



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Janet Solomon (231)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 8:39 am
"Over a decade ago, Anita and Shalabh Ahuja left their comfortable life and careers to launch an environmentally savvy idea that helps reduce trash in the city while helping poor women find opportunity. With their life savings and extreme dedication, the couple launched an amazing concept that started as a 'green' project but quickly developed into much more. Conserve India creates purses and other products from recycled plastic bags gathered from trash heaps and is a source of hope for low-caste women who are desperate and homeless, giving them the opportunity to grow through education and employment opportunity. Conserve now employs and empowers over 300 low-caste women who were without employment opportunities before the non-profit group was established.


Conserve has developed an impressive system of production for their products. Women gather shopping bags from the dumps of New Delhi and bring them back to the shop where the plastic is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and then fused together by a process developed by Shalabh. The fusion process creates a durable fabric that is sewn into an array of accessories ranging from bags to day planners.

The women of Conserve have refused to leave their lives to fate. In India's extreme poverty, many are forced to sift through the rubble to find shelter or food to survive. Conserve has created some hope amongst that urban waste; because of Conserve, many of these women now have a greater potential for a better living, an education and a new life."

[We CAN do it!]

 

Susan Hughes (145)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 1:44 pm
Reading inspiring stories like these humbles me and makes me realise over again how very blessed I am and more determined than ever to make a difference in some small way with God's help.
 

Elm Morrison (357)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 2:06 pm
Janet, I've spent some time in India, and the poverty there is absolutely awful. I salute these women - I send my prayers for their well-being, prosperity and leading by example. Dear ladies - may God be with you.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 2:47 pm
What a wonderful article and truly inspiring. As they say someone trash is someone else's treasure. These two wonderful people came in and showed how a treasure could be made from the trash, giving hope, and a little better quality of life to these woman. Bless them for what they do and may it continue to expand so more woman can also be helped.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 2:47 pm
What a wonderful article and truly inspiring. As they say someone trash is someone else's treasure. These two wonderful people came in and showed how a treasure could be made from the trash, giving hope, and a little better quality of life to these woman. Bless them for what they do and may it continue to expand so more woman can also be helped.
 

Barb Knight (1684)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 3:12 pm
Thank you Janet. This just proves that the spirit can be strong no matter the situation. God bless these 2 beautiful people. God made them to fill just this purpose. And God bless the young India women who never give up.
 

Barb Knight (1684)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 3:15 pm
Thanks for the fwd, charles m.!!
 

Christine vaudrin rios (376)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 3:27 pm
Wonderful story of inspiration. Thanks for sharing Janet. Hugs, Christine
 

Pat B. (355)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 4:00 pm
This is wonderful news. Thank you, Charles for Fwd., and Janet for the article. Noted.
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 4:32 pm
Janet thank you for bringing us this inspiring story...there are two terrible things...poverty of two thirds of the world and the amount the richer people throw away...how wonderful is it that these two should meet and find that both situations are improved by ingenuity and perseverance and simple faith in doing the right thing.
 

. (0)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 5:19 pm
I too agree with this very smart women Blessings to them and that they continue to prosper at this. Thanks and noted Janet S. very happy too.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 8:18 pm
Noted , thanks
 

Marena Chen (200)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 9:21 pm
Saw a documentary about these women on the BBCE some time ago which was absolutely inspiring. Thanks for bringing it here. As I am very fond of saying (and I firmly believe it) "Where there is life there is hope - and where there is hope, ther is life"
 

Alicya L. (228)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 10:21 pm
Thank you forwarding the link Charles!
Beautiful woman making a difference
Good share Janet Thank you
 

June Rice (125)
Monday January 26, 2009, 3:23 am
Thank you!
 

Rod Gesner (66)
Monday January 26, 2009, 4:16 am
While I find these kind of Stories inspireing;
Any Process that Fuses Plastics is Going to have Toxic Fumes; and Cottage industries usualy have little or No Ventilation or Protection;
Plastic Recycleing By Manufactoring centers May be Poluting But it is Easier To Indentify and Controll.
Plastic Bags Can be Converted to Woven Fabric Or Rope/Yarn Without Fusing or Otherwise Chemicaly Altering Them; There are even Simple Rope making Machines that Can be used in Cottage industries.
 

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Monday January 26, 2009, 7:47 am
this is so cool, i saved the site and i will definitely be ordering belts for myself and as gifts. what a wonderful idea.
 

Janet Solomon (231)
Monday January 26, 2009, 1:50 pm
dear Rod--I assure you, these cutting and weaving techniques are being used--there are MANY items available, and new ones nearly every day. They also work with old scrappped tires--and from the illustrations, that certainly seems to be where the 'fusing' comes in handy. I apologise of I mislead you into thinking FUSING was the primary method of recycling being used. Namaste! janet sol xo
 

Electra Cy (1005)
Monday January 26, 2009, 3:24 pm
How Wonderful!!!

:)
 

Cherida Hivale (73)
Monday January 26, 2009, 10:22 pm
Thanks for the forward Charles. I have seen some of their products and it's hard to believe they're made from waste. I fully support recyling as a responsible practice.
 

Open Door D. (0)
Tuesday January 27, 2009, 2:16 am

Monday January 26, 2009, 1:50 pm
dear Rod--I assure you, these cutting and weaving techniques are being used--there are MANY items available, and new ones nearly every day. They also work with old scrappped tires--and from the illustrations, that certainly seems to be where the 'fusing' comes in handy. I apologise of I mislead you into thinking FUSING was the primary method of recycling being used. Namaste! janet sol xo

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Ge M. (218)
Tuesday January 27, 2009, 9:48 am
thehungerstie has 6 sections which are click free to donate. They all have shops and many of the items for sale are fairtrade & also provide support for a small section eg sending an Afghanistan girl to school. I often buy items for gifts as they are unusual, reasonable and help someone start a better life, pay towards a mammogram, feed an animal, buy a square foot of rainforest or help a child be well.

Click on and check it out!
 

Tere M. (76)
Tuesday January 27, 2009, 2:34 pm
Thank you Janet! :)
 

Alejandra Vega (139)
Wednesday January 28, 2009, 10:05 pm
TY!!! You've given me hope and courage!
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 5:03 pm
Thanks.
 
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