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Where Recycling, Community & Fashion Collide
Eco Sak is a brand born from the need to provide jobs to women in extreme poverty in Peru. According to Peru's National Statistics Institute, the unemployment rate for women in Lima is 52% as of 2018. After four years of working on different programs to help provide support, the perfect solution came from a gift! My Sister gave me a great beach bag (my fav black & white bag), from that moment on, I went on a journey to learn how my beach bag could change the lives of an entire community. In 2018 I traveled throughout Mexico and Peru to meet a group of amazing people and created Eco Sak.
Eco Sak now makes purses, bags, and totes from recycled plastic. Approximately 70% of the plastic we use comes from recycled plastic bags, clear water bottles, and plastic industrial waste. This plastic is turned into small pieces, melted, colored, and turn into a ribbon. We use this ribbon to hand-weave each bag using a wood frame. It can take up to 8 hours to make one large Eco Sak.
Our Eco Sak workshop in Villa Maria del Triunfo, Peru @asociacionbienaventuranzas, supports women in extreme poverty. Some women have never had a job before because they have disabled children and have been collecting plastic in their local areas to support their families. We have worked to give these women another opportunity by providing them with free training in the making of our bags, transportation to and from our facilities, and in some cases, a clean and safe place to live. We are very proud that we pay three times the regular wages in Peru for their time and energy. We hope to train more women and create a network of financially independent ladies who will run their businesses in the future.