Monday, 5 January 2009

Bags of energy

I saw these bags in a shop in south London, and learned they're supplied by The India Shop. You can't fault recycling newspapers the traditional way, but this example of upcycling illustrates the nice human element of making use of something someone else has cast off. It especially appeals to me because I secretly love crosswords. Wondering how that's relevant? Here's some information from their website:
"Our newspaper bags are made by an NGO whose main objective is to provide education and shelter to street children. This eco-friendly product is made from recycled Indian newspaper. The organisation was started in 2004 by street children who wanted to give something back in return for the opportunities which had allowed them to escape desperate circumstances. These elder children, now married with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items. This allows them to take care of thirteen street children that they have saved from the streets surrounding Delhi train station... The newspapers are collected by one man on his bicycle rickshaw calling at residential homes for any read newspapers. This is why sometimes your bag will have a completed crossword! These bags are now supplied to many shops across the United Kingdom in place of shop plastic bags."

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