$80

One man's trash is another man's treasure! One-of-a-kind artisanal, brightly colored woven bags from Nicaragua. Each of these bags is handmade from approximately 400 post-consumer plastic bags that were found discarded throughout the country. These are gorgeous, durable, and extremely eco-friendly!

Each bag is unique and color combinations vary based on the color of the plastic bags that were collected.

Approximate measurements in inches: - 20 x15 with a 5 inch wide base and two 24 inch straps

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A green sea turtle snacks on a jellyfish. Unfortunately, as seen here, plastic bags can easily be mistaken for jellyfish which is one reason why it's so important to keep them out of the ocean! Photo credit: @surfzach

A green sea turtle snacks on a jellyfish. Unfortunately, as seen here, plastic bags can easily be mistaken for jellyfish which is one reason why it's so important to keep them out of the ocean! Photo credit: @surfzach

 
 
 

Traveling responsibly isn't just about leaving a place as clean and unspoiled as when you found it, it's also about connecting with local people and fostering a stronger, personal connection with a new culture. We have found that most folks, regardless of where they live, are in favor of the idea of a clean and healthy planet. The challenge is figuring out how to change our bad habits once they've stuck...

A classic example of environmentally silly human behavior is our dependence on the single-use plastic bag! In Nicaragua, like in many other countries, these types of bags are ubiquitous and litter the environment for years and years if not properly recycled. With strong winds and oceans on either side, discarded plastic bags in Central America have a very good chance of ending up in the sea. Once underwater, plastic bags look almost identical to jellyfish, a primary food source for sea turtles!


Enter the Sea Turtle Bags. A group of local women in Chacocente, Nicaragua began collecting discarded plastic bags around their homes to prevent sea turtles from accidentally ingesting them. The beaches in this region are nesting grounds for various species including the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtle. After a wash, the old plastic can be cut into strands and used to skillfully weave heavy duty beach bags, crossbody bags and clutches by hand.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

 

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