profit turns trash to exports
“In Accra, it’s mainly immigrants or tourists that come here to buy handbags,” said Stuart Gold. “We export to other countries, like the Netherlands, the UK, the US or Japan.”
And Germany, too. In Cologne, Bernard Erkelenz runs an online business called Africa Recycled. He stocks Trashy Bags along with other upcycled craftwork from Ghana. Colorful pearls, scarves woven with mosaics, and patchwork quilts.
Erkelenz thinks Trashy Bags have a better future in Ghana than abroad. “Trashy Bags are a designer product with a special label, a special color and a special sound. They’re not to everybody’s taste,” he said, brandishing a crinkly backpack.
“People in Germany don’t know these water sachets, which is why I think that they sell better in Ghana.”
Not that Erkelenz doesn’t believe in his wares. He tested Trashy Bags gear on a trip to Africa and says it’s surprisingly sturdy. The sachet’s polyethylene makes the bags resilient the same polyethylene that prevents Ghana’s pure water sachets fr michael kors watch om degrading in the environment.
Erkelenz, who travels once a year to Ghana, says that since Trashy Bags was founded in 2007, he has noticed a vast michael kors watch improvement in the amount of water sachet’s clogging Accra.
“If you compare the condition of the streets now wi michael kors watch th then, you see a huge difference. Even in the side streets there are fewer plastic sachets.”
Trashy Bags claims to have upcycled about 20 million drink sachets. It’s planning various projects in cooperation with other organizations to draw attention to solutions for trash problems.
Stuart Gold says his organization is looking into ways to subsidize his wares, to make Trashy Bags’s products more affordable for locals.
“That way, Ghanaians can buy reusable shop michael kors watch ping bags at a good price. The trash generated from plastic will decrease and it will also create more jobs.”.