Trashy Bags, Accra

I stumbled upon a gem of a place in Accra, called Trashy Bags (www.trashybags.org). Started by an expat, Stuart Gold, Trashy Bags works to collect used water sachets, to make into various bags, purses, fashion accessories, ect. primarily for international sales. It’s hidden in a wonderful niche in Dzorwulu, with a gallery of products ready for sale, and a manufacturing base downstairs, so visitors can understand the process behind trashy bags creations, as well as meet the workers, and feel like a participant in the process. Trashy Bags provides employment opportunities, advocates for environmental sustainability via education opportunities in local schools, and connects Ghanaian industry to an international market. If anyone has a couple spare hours in Accra, Trashy Bags is a wonderful little program with great potential for international exposure. Products are relatively cheap (ranging generally from 2-25 GHC) and great endorsement for organically produced Ghanaian trinkets, and advocacy for greater environmental sustainability in the city.

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