Plastic weaving initiative

Our plastic woven products are made sustainably in India.

Providing employment while reviving ancient crafts

The durable plastic textiles are made entirely with discarded plastic bags by a cultural craft centre, Khamir in Kutch, Gujarat, providing employment to waste collectors, medium skilled weavers, home-based workers, senior citizens and prison inmates. The plastic upcycling initiative educates the community about plastic waste while reviving traditional weaving skills.

Approximately one hundred thousand plastic bags are consumed and discarded every day in Bhuj, the capital of Kutch alone. Household waste is collected in plastic bags and thrown into open bins and trash piles. This uncollected plastic accumulates on roads, trees and in rivers and is inadvertently consumed by cattle. The rest of it is burned every few days, releasing toxic fumes.

The process – from discarded plastic bags to a sturdy, colourful textile

Collecting - Khamir collects approximately 100 kilos of plastic bags a month from Bhangaar Wadas (waste collection points).

Cleaning - They are then washed, dried and segregated by colour and quantity.

Cutting - Clean plastic is cut into long strips by women from nearby villages. The open ends are glued together and the plastic yarn is wound into balls.

Weaving - Weaving is carried out in the homes of traditional and new weavers on pit and frame looms.

Ethical and Fair Trade production in Mumbai, India

The products are then sewn by a fair trade non-government organisation, C. C. Shroff Self-Help Centre in Mumbai whose main objective is to provide economic independence for and to harness the skills of underprivileged people through guidance, training, infrastructure and marketing.