October 13, 2010

Paper bags

Many of the student groups in the Ateneo School of Management Business Accelerator (SOMBA) Program are concerned with the environment, sustainability and social enterprise. Like yesterday's shoes, the bags of Papelle use recycled materials. In this case, what looks like traditional basketry is actually made of handwoven paper from old newspapers and telephone directories. Don't they look fantastic? The paper bags are laminated so they're water resistant. The design on the left, which is reinforced around the body, is strong enough to carry five kilos of weight. What's more, Papelle (a French-ified play on the Tagalog word "papel" which means paper) bags now provide a livelihood to previously jobless residents of the barangay of Natipuan in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Papelle

Papelle is manufactured by The Twillery, Inc. They have a website and can be emailed at papellebags@gmail.com or TheTwillery@gmail.com.

15 comments:

Steffe said...

That is a fantastic idea.

Ken Mac said...

cool bags!

Photo Cache said...

fashionable and totally earth friendly. way to go philippines.

ρομπερτ said...

One becomes ever more impressed ! May time and life continue to treat them all kind.

Please have a good Wednesday.

Louis la Vache said...

Excellent!
;-D

Randy said...

Those are wonderful. I will have to check out that website!

George said...

I would never guess that these bags were made from recycled paper. This is a fantastic idea.

Rizalenio said...

Go Green Manila. Recycling - always a good way to save the environment.

Olivier said...

c'est une bonne initiative et surtout plus ecologique que les sacs en plastiques

Mo said...

and styly to boot

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting bags, I liked a lot!I would buy two!
Léia

Halcyon said...

What a great idea! And they're sort of cute too.

Jacob said...

What a wonderful enterprise! I hope they succeed beyond their wildest imaginations!

Francisca said...

The woven recycled paper idea has been around a bit - started in Thailand I believe, but was quickly adopted in the Philippines. Nonetheless, these students have upped the fashion angle and have done a remarkable job in creating a pleasant corporate image. Now they just need to finish their website and start selling. This is the perfect season to get out and sell at the many xmas bazaars around town.

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