Look at my bag! This shiny silver color is generating a cool atmosphere. It looks ‘beary’ nice if I put it on my shoulder especially in summer. Then, what do you think this bag is made of?
Look in the inside of the bag. Have you got an idea of what the bag is made of?
This is the ‘material’ to make the bag. Did you guess correctly? The bag is made of pull-tabs from drink cans. Amazing!
On both sides of the bag, the bottom of a drink can is used as a gusset. The large circle surrounded by pull-tabs looks like the sun.
Pull-tab bags are made by women living in the suburbs of Brasilia. The Brazilian women of two artisan groups, Cia do Lacre and As Partneras do Lacre, are making bags by recycling, no, “UP-cycling” drink cans made from aluminum. The Brazilian brand, Escama Studio, is marketing their pull-tab bags. For further information, click here! https://www.escamastudio.com/
This innovative design using aluminum pull-tabs has attracted many customers in the international market. In 2018, this product idea won the EcoPro Awards from the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry. Congratulations!
In Japan, a brand called Love & Sense is selling pull-tab bags. Love & Sense has a shop on the 10th floor of Hankyu Department Store in Osaka, Japan. Love & Sense is marketing other hand-made products, too, from all over the world. For further information, click here. http://www.love-sense.jp/
The other day, when I was drinking canned coffee in Japan, I could not help but to appreciate the Brazilian women’s creativity. They have ‘beary’ good skills to reincanate pull-tabs, which are usually ‘destined’ to be thrown away, into lovely bags. This is also an example of a “Let’s BEAR” product. Be Empowered with Available Resources. Let’s BEAR!