Monday, April 28, 2008

Art Trash

I found the perfect bag – practical, colourful, environmentally friendly and covered in foreign words. It’s made from plastic consumer waste collected by Jakarta’s trash pickers as part of XS Project, which buys the trash at well above market price, providing the collectors with an income. Then, “working with other groups and cottage industries, the waste is transformed into fun-ctional accessories that make a strong environmental and social statement.” Mine is made out of strips of plastic packaging from old Mr Muscle, Phillips and Persil containers and I love the fact that I can’t understand a single word of these Indonesian ‘advertisements.’ Lovely and useful all at once.

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