Recycled Bags.Co supporting Cambodian life, wellbeing and sustainability!
Recycled Bags.Co started around 10 years ago, whilst traveling through Southeast Asia. We felt an instant connection to the people and began exploring the possibilities of how we could support them. Recycled Bags.Co ensures Artisans and crafts people are paid fairly and equitably for their skillful work, which keeps families together with food on their table.
A liveable and reliable income is especially important for women as it allows them to raise healthy babies and children and provide for their future. While Cambodia has enjoyed years of peace and development since the war and atrocities of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970’s, today 30% of the population still live below the poverty line (on less than $1.25 per day. Our mission is to bring economic empowerment and a sustainable income to our artisans in the developing world.
We build strong relationships with our Artisans, which broadens our understanding and appreciation of their needs, hopes and dreams. We then import the results of their creative workmanship, these unique and interesting products, making them available to you, the consumer. We work with the disadvantaged community, victims of domestic violence, landmine victims and the general poor population. We ensure the 10 Fair Trade principles are adhered to within our teams which is extremely important to us. For some of our team, it is the start of social interaction and change for the better. Our designs are created in conjunction with our artisans, as it helps give confidence in their creativity and general well-being.
This is an important step in making the change for a better life. Various bags and wallets and accessories are made from recycled materials that were originally used to transport fish food and cement in Southeast Asia. This makes them lightweight, water resistant and extremely durable! The bags are then cleaned and sewn into vibrant, fresh styles. Thus entire process saves energy and reduces the amount of pollutants in the environment by using natural and recycled materials. Over the years through our trading and diverting profits back into the Cambodian Community, we have developed sustainable relationships and assisted in the growth of many a business and contributed to the well being of many families.
On behalf of our ingenious artisans, we thank you for purchasing on Recycled Bags.Co and your ongoing support. Help Support Fair Trade in Cambodia! Mostly women and family workers prefer to work in their own homes. This way, the family life s not disrupted by “going to work”. This is a huge benefit for women with babies, so they do not need to leave their home. The Team Leader gives the families a sewing machine so they do not have to purchase themselves. Some of the workers do work together in the Team Leaders house. They are free to come and go when they are able.
Due to the vast amount of poverty of some of these families, there is no pressure for completion or deadlines, so the workers are able to complete the work when they can. At Recycled Bags.Co, you can be assured Fair Trade practices are adhered to. All the artists who are employed by Khmer Design or Khmer Anusa have been fairly compensated. Advances are paid at the time orders are placed to cover at least the cost of materials. We do not operate on a credit basis with any of our suppliers and full payment is made at the completion of the order.
Over the years through our trading we have developed sustainable relationships & assisted in the growth of many a business and contributed to the well being of many families.