By Dian Hasan | November 3, 2010
What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.
What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!
Here’s a look at what happens to trash in Jakarta, Indonesia, and how it’s transformed functional bags.
XS Project has such brilliant idea to help reduce waste and overcome poverty in Jakarta. They buy unused plastics from the trash pickers, develop the plastics into bags, wallets, trash bins, lunch boxes, etc. More information on their website and their catalog. I bought the large handbag and it’s so useful, long lasting and unique. I use it for when we go to the beach or the swimming pool. It’s great cause you could just wipe it if it ever gets wet. The one thing I remember when I first bought the bag was the wonderful smell! Because the plastics are mostly from detergents or floor cleaners.
Inspiration: Jakarta Daily Photo Blog
By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009
For all the skeptics out there who are convinced that “the green movement” was just loads of hubris, and a fad that will soon evaporate… think again! A recent recent survey of CEO conducted by Accenture shows that sustainability is here to stay, the following are just some of the findings:
93% of CEOs believe sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies.
88% of CEOs believe it is important that business schools develop the mindsets and skills for future leaders to address sustainability, overall citing this as the second most important change that needs to accelerate for the tipping point to be reached, broadly equal in importance to the actions of customers, investors and government regulation.
1 in 4 CEOs say that lack of skills and knowledge among senior and middle management is one of the top three barriers to them as a CEO implementing an integrated and strategic company-wide approach to sustainability, and 86% say their organisation should invest in enhanced training of managers to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations.
Most CEO’s surveyed said that by 2015 sustainability will be fully incorporated into their company’s footprint. And any such move will of course also impact positively the company’s brand positioning. Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross as appeared in Reputation Exchange blog:
Accenture just completed an impressive research study among global CEOs and other influentials around the world for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in 2010. They say that it is the largest survey ever among CEOs on sustainability. Some of the key findings are worth thinking about as sustainability defines the corporate reputation landscape in a few short years to come:
- Brand/trust/reputation is the strongest reason why CEOs say they are taking action on sustainability (72% say so). The next best reason lags fairly far behind at 44% – potential for revenue growth and cost reduction. Reputation seems to be behind the motivation for many CEO and corporate actions these days.
- CEOs recognize that the consumer is the most influential stakeholder on the issues of sustainability in the years ahead — 58% of CEOs say so and it is a perception that ranks even higher than employees (45%). They believe that consumers are King despite the mixed evidence on whether consumers are demanding products that are sustainability-true (a word I just made up). (more…)
Jakarta, capital of the world’s fourth most populous nation is grappling with plastic waste problem like never before. As the economy steams ahead – now for the first time recognized by the global finance and business communities as the “new bright star” of economic growth and resilience.
As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is blessed with abundant natural resources, a large domestic market (220 million potential consumers), a stable government, and one of the world’s best-performing Stock Markets, Indonesia has emerged out of the recent global recession faster than expected. It is a solid foundation that is expected to see Indonesia’s continued growth, for which the country is now identified as part of “Chindonesia” (China, India and Indonesia), Asia’s next growth triangle.
Naturally all the new consumers are bringing with them waste, a growing problem across the country’s urban areas. The most dire is Jakarta (greater metro area population: approx 20 million), among the world’s largest cities, which faces not only a waste management challenge, but also its nightmarish traffic, considered by many to be the world’s worst! Many foreign business visitors have mocked it for: “There is no traffic in Jakarta, because it’s just a giant parking lot! Everything is at a standstill”.
By Dian Hasan | September 14, 2010
Here’s proof that not only is the green movement here to stay, but it’s impact reverberates from a desolate place to a glamorous one, where the plight of the downtrodden can be brought to light. Such is the terrible circumstance that afflicts millions of urban trash scavengers that barely scrape a living collecting trash in city dumps.
This story in Jakarta Globe illustrates it perfectly:
At a warehouse near Manila’s infamous Smokey Mountain dump, slum-dwellers working for a British-led charity are turning rubbish into fashion items that are proving a hit in top-end London shops.
Under a dim fluorescent lamp, amid the constant humming of sewing machines, about 20 women cut pieces of cloth and other materials found in the garbage to make teddy bears.
Others are busy putting finishing touches to handbags and purses made from discarded toothpaste tubes, while glossy magazines are turned into colorful bracelets.
“This bag costs about £100 [US$166] or more in London,” said Jane Walker, a former publishing executive from Southampton, who gave up her lavish lifestyle in 1996 to set up the Philippine Christian Foundation in Manila after seeing the plight of the poor there.
Walker said about 200 bags were currently being shipped to boutiques in London and the foundation was unable to meet demand.
“I had to turn down three shops in London ordering our products because we keep running out.”
Walker said a deal to supply a major luxury chain was also in the works, while negotiations were underway with an American firm to produce shoes and slippers using discarded car tires.
Known in the local press as Manila’s “angel of the dumps” for her work among the scavengers of Smokey Mountain, the 45-year-old single mother’s tireless efforts have helped entire families rise above crushing poverty.
Last year, she was made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her work.
Relying mainly on corporate donations, the nonprofit foundation provides livelihood projects, health services and free education to children of families living on the dump site.