How our bags are made
Juice packs are one of the most popular food items in urban areas in the Philippines. They are made of non-biodegradable materials and often end up in landfills. The women of the community found a creative way to recycle them.
First, they collect used juice packs. They cut them open from the underside, disinfect, and rinse several times over. Next, the juice packs are air dried in sunlight. Material is then sorted by color for the weaving process.
It takes an average of 32 hours to weave one bag. This does not include the sterilizing process.
In recent years, defective sheets from manufacturers have been acquired by the cooperative to avoid having rejects burnt, giving off all kinds of hazardous fumes.