From Trash to Trendy – Recycled Rice Bags Made by Hand in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH – Recycled products from Cambodia are a line of fashion accessories in great demand by buyers of environment-friendly items.
From Cambodia, a plethora of handmade products are also included in the shopping lists of globetrotters interested in style and the environment. The range of products made by hand by suppliers in the country come in recycled paper, recycled rice bags, cement bags, fish feed bags and other product bags, depending on the design.
The materials are bought locally from rice farmers who use these bags to harvest rice. They are also obtained from construction workers who scavenge, save and sell cement bags to earn extra income, which supplements their small wages from construction work.
“Recycled products have become so popular not only among tourists and foreign buyers in Cambodia but also those beyond its borders who need products that are environment-friendly, peculiar yet stylish, and astonishing in design, durability and usefulness,” said Mrs Yek Hong Tang, a supplier from Peace Handicrafts. “In addition, the touching stories behind producers are another flavor of its popularity and interest,” she added.
Skilled sewers create beautiful products such as fashionable handbags that are highly durable and have quality workmanship. The design and manufacture of all recycled products are done by widows and widowers, polio and landmine victims, those living with HIV/AIDS, and impoverished families living hand-to-mouth.
When you purchase one of these products, you choose to pave the journey of making a different life for people in need and participate in a socially aware and environment-friendly global community. By buying these recycled goods you are helping the disabled in Cambodia to become self-sufficient and escape a life of poverty. We aim to promote sustainable practices and employment approaches that lead to enriching livelihoods.
About the Author – Sophal Bun