TORONTO, ON - Bazura Biz has expanded its popular Woven Bag collection of eco-friendly bags and accessories made by a women's cooperative in the Philippines.
The new styles in the Woven Bag collection include the Woven Shopping Bag, Woven Wallet, Woven Mini Purse with Strap, Woven Cosmetic Bag, Woven Belt and the Woven Key Fob. All of the Woven Bag styles are now available in two new colors: silver and multi.
With only the help of the local village council, six Filipino women set up the Co-Op which has grown to include more than 800 members today. Since its founding ten years ago, the women have been utilizing used, colorful and non biodegradable juice containers that would otherwise clutter landfills, fields and streets of their community, to create one-of-a kind Bazura Bags.
More than half of the members work full time at the Co-Op which pays school children to collect over 50,000 used juice containers per day. They are washed, sanitized and recycled into a wide variety of fashionable and durable bags, accessories, home furnishings and even footwear that are exported and sold in over 15 countries around the world.
Unlike the bags and accessories created from the recycled juice containers, the Woven Bags are made from pre-consumer waste packaging obtained directly from juice box manufacturers in and around Manila, waste that would normally be deposited into landfills. In addition to helping to preserve the environment, the new styles and colors of the Woven Bags also enables the Co-Op to fulfill another one of their main tenets - to keep the women members gainfully employed.
The Co-Op teaches member women the weaving method and trains them to create the woven bags to help increase their production as interest in the highly handcrafted and eco-friendly bags grows.