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Recycled Plastic Mara Tote

Item # 35259

Funds 50 cups of food.

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Out with the new, and in with the old! Crafted from recycled plastic bags, the resulting tough fabric makes this tote great for everyday use and for withstanding whatever the elements bring -- just like the resilient women who make them. 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. That's a lot of good baggage for one cute bag!

  • Choose Rainbow, Tide or Bobby Black
  • 16.5" T x 15" W x 4.5" D (41.9 x 38.1 x 11.4 cm)
  • Two 13" L (33 cm) black woven nylon straps
  • Inside and outside nylon lining
  • Zips closed at top
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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Recent reviews:

June 14, 2013 - Great bag, holds ALOT! I use it on shopping trips, vacations

September 3, 2012 - This bag is large, super lightweight, and well made. It is perfect for the beach, for an overnight pack, for a shopping trip, and I love that the top zips closed. I could also use it for a personal bag on a plane as it would fit under the seat. I got the rainbow color, and the colors are a little muted compared to the photo. I do like the bag and will use it a lot!

Artisan: Conserve India

Artisan Conserve India

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.

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