These plastic bags were made by women and out-of-school youth in Uganda. It is made by re-using waste plastic drinking straws – and uses less energy than recycling. Helping people as well as helping the planet.
The straws were woven at their homes and provide an income to the household for food and education. Many of the households are affected by HIV - but weaving bags and mats from home means the makers can still care for children, work in their small farms or sit at their market stall.
Using these bags in Uganda and elsewhere can reduce the use of thin, single-use disposable plastic carrier bags. In Uganda the thin bags, called kavera, are thrown away. They block waterways, cause floods, pollute water sources and create toxic pollution if burned.