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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trash or treasure

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Especially if the trash is made into a neat handbag. This morning in the Boston Globe there’s an article about a company that sells bags made out of recycled pop can pull tabs. The company was started four years ago, and has a cooperative with two Brazilian craft companies to make the bags. To date Escama Studio has sold about 70,000 bags that range in price from $39 to $240. Their website says they pay these Brazilian women more than the average Brazilian company to make the products, and additionally they give a 1% “rebate” of gross annual sales in 2008 back to the cooperatives. This money is used for supplying DSL connections and educational programming. So not only are they recycling products, they are helping the women of a distressed area of Brazil. Nifty.