They provide jobs to women from weaker sections

Do you often find separating vegetables from a bag and rearranging them at home a daunting task? Green Waves Environmental Solutions has come up with an eco-friendly alternative to make this simple exercise hassle-free.

Converting the leftover material available in the tailoring unit that normally goes to the landfill and collecting donated clothes, the organisation that primarily focuses on scientific e-waste disposal has now ventured into designing cloth bags under the project ‘Re:Bag’ (recycled bag made out of waste clothes).

With optimum utilisation of resources as the key focus, Green Waves is now manufacturing attractively designed cloth bags in myriad shapes and sizes with multiple pockets to suit shopping needs. The ones with five-pockets and eight-pockets make the shoppers more sorted while stuffing the bags with groceries and vegetables.

“The initiative aims at focussing on three aspects. One, utilising unused and quality fabrics and converting them into a reusable product. Two, offering an alternative to plastic bags to conserving environment. Three, provide employment to women from underprivileged sections,” says P. Anil Chowdary, managing partner of Green Waves and managing director of the Re:Bag.

His mother Manjula, who runs a boutique in Hyderabad, is extending support to the endeavour. “The process of designing and stitching is taken care of by engaging a team of 25 home-makers at the store which also houses a tailoring unit. At present, orders are arriving from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Goa,” says Anil.

“The proceeds collected from the sale of bags will go to the home-makers associated with Re:Bag as a majority of them belong to the weaker sections. Moreover, it is a one-time investment for the consumer wherein these washable bags last for more than a year,” adds Anil.

Green Waves plans to reach out to the unorganised sector and work towards reducing the use of plastic bags among shoppers and shop-keepers offering cost-effective solutions by tying up with the GVMC.

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