Old Plastic is New Again

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iD-L inspired innovations, in collaboration with Conserve (a Delhi-based organization), has been recognized with the European Business Award for developing Ragbag – a new brand for fashionable products made from recycled plastic bags.

“Plastic rags are collected, washed, dried and separated by colour. The plastic bags then go into a machine, which presses them into thicker and more durable sheets. No dyes or inks are required. It takes about 60 plastic bags to make one sheet. The sheets are then cut, lined with cloth and stitched or moulded into the various products. The project is already creating jobs for 100 ragpickers, people at collection centers and fabricators (mainly woman) in New Delhi, providing them and their families ‘means of livelihood’ and gain access to more opportunities.”