Origin: India

Beneficiaries: Garbage pickers, community semi-skilled workers and tailors, women in rural communities.

Tubes: Our partners collect used automotive tyres & inner tubes from land-fill sites and junk yards in and around Delhi and refashion them into a unique range of aesthetic bags and accessories.  The tyre tubes are washed, disinfected and processed. After they are dried, the inner tubes are checked for holes. Any blemishes that affect quality, such as punctures or glue, are removed. The tubes are then cut open into wider panels as per the shape and size required .Thereafter, these precisely cut pieces are stitched together, creating the bag’s weatherproof shell.

Seatbelts: One of the major source for used seatbelts is from one of the biggest junk market in India, situated in Delhi, where hundreds of old cars are bought by junk dealers. The seatbelts that are taken out of redundant cars are collected at one place. The processed and sorted seatbelts are cut according to the sizes needed and stitched together to create wider panels. These are then stitched together to create our products.

Teabags: Tea bags are collected by rag pickers from the landfill sites and bring them to our partner’s facility where they are sorted according to their degree of usage during their previous “life”. Then they are split open and cleaned, disinfected and processed. Afterwards, they are manually cut by semi-trained people from the community that are trained and employed full time and finally stitched together by trained tailors into the desired form of our products.

Firehose material: These fire hydrant pipes are sorted according to their degree of usage during their previous “life”. They are then cleaned, cut and stitched the same way as the teabags.

Woven textile scraps:  Our sources are old clothes from landfill sites, collection from door to door and also from the garment manufacturing industry. Once the garment production houses cut the sizes and shapes they need, out of rolls of fabrics, they generate fabric waste that is in the form of assorted cut pieces of varying shapes, forms and colour. We collect these from the industries and bring the same to our facility where they are again washed, disinfected and processed. There fabric shreds are then woven on a hand loom by a self help group of 8-10 rural women that have been trained in weaving.

Handmade recycled plastic: Our partner has developed an up-cycling process that uses abundantly and freely available waste plastic bags as a resource for income generation for the urban poor through their conversion into a “renewed” material which we call HRP – Handmade Recycled Plastic.  We then use this material to make a wide range of high-fashion products with great market appeal. This process of recycling is far more environmentally and energy friendly than the conventional plastic recycling process. Moreover, it is very employment friendly as it uses existent everyday skills.


Origin: Brazil

Beneficiaries: Brazilian garbage pickers and recycling industries.

Our T-shirts are made from recycled PET bottles collected from Brazilian streets by the local "catadores" (garbage pickers). Though this is far from an ideal method of recycling, this is the hard reality of Brazilian cities where 90% of all recycled material is collected by “catadores”. After collecting the tradable garbage (bottles, cartons, aluminium cans) they bring it to their "cooperativas" (autonomous cooperatives of garbage-pickers) where plastic bottles are sorted from other materials and baled for pickup. The bottles are them sold to a processing plant, where they are crushed and then chopped into flake.

These tiny pieces of flake create fibrous, polyester strands. The strands are crimped, cut into short pieces and baled for shipping to clothing manufacturers where the thread is knitted and woven into fabric. The fabric can then be made into your Manguetown T-SHIRT!