Myanmar enterprise tries to make trash trendy

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

With creative flair the Myanmar-based social enterprise “Chu Chu” lets little go to waste as its staff turn discarded clothes and rubbish into handy accessories that get snapped up by tourists.

Coffee sacks are woven into baskets and old tyres are refashioned as belts — just some of the 60 products on offer at the organisation’s shop in Dala, a short ferry ride from the bustling downtown of commercial hub Yangon.

“We’re trying to change the way of thinking that recycled things are old and dirty,” explains Canadian volunteer and product developer Debra Martyn.

Photo courtesy of Simone McCourtie.

Source: AFP (link opens in a new window)

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