Posted by: sforshner | March 31, 2008

sustainable travel gear

Inhabitat posted a really cool thing today – Pop-art recycled trash paks by Monsoon Vermont (part of Monsoon Group), are crafted from recycled trash in Java (primarily detergent packets and toothpaste tubes) and collected by slum-dwelling scavengers in Jakarta.


Monsoon Vermont’s paks are made from recycled garbage that is scavenged from Jakarta’s landfills, littered streets, and polluted waterways. The collected refuse is then triple sanitized with bleach and dried thoroughly before local artisans begin cutting and collaging the plastic packets to create one-of-a-kind, stitched designs. The quality workmanship in each piece is reinforced with heavy-duty double zippers, strong buckles, and made-to-last hardware.

As the company states, “We seek to honor the story of each person who scavenges, collages, and sews garbage into functional works of art. Our mission is to elevate non-recyclable plastic garbage into a valuable commodity. Like rice, the trash is sold by the kilo. When you purchase one of our products you become an environmental activist. A force that fights global poverty and pollution. Your purchase uplifts trash pickers both socially and economically.”



  1. OMG, I love these bags. The colors are amazing, as well as the design. What a wonderful gift to the slum dwellers of Jakarta, Indonesia as well…if everyone bought one of these bags I would be willing to bet that it would change lives in a big way. I am going to buy mine now, and share this great green project with my friends (engineers without borders).
    Keep up the great work Monsoon Vermont!

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