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We get this one A LOT, and since our upcycled cement bag collection just keeps growing in both popularity and available styles, we thought it would be fun to show off how the upcycling process works.
The photos below show cement bags lining the streets of Phnom Penh. Fun Fact: Cement is the most used material in the world! All of the artwork is already printed by the manufacturers onto the bags. It’s fortunate for us that the cement companies in Southeast Asia create such fun and vibrant packaging.
First, we work with our talented designer to come up with new and original design options for the line. After concepts and sketches are agreed upon, she creates a detailed pattern that we provide to our artisan partners.
Next, it’s time for the bags to be thoroughly washed and dried, since well they used to be full of cement! The cement bag material is lightweight, strong and water resistant which makes it perfect for upcycling. To upcycle means to “reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.”
Finally, the bags are cut into specific patterns and sewn into an awesome new tote, wallet or messenger bag by our talented artisans. These funky and functional designs work overtime to “Carry a Cause” since they not only provide meaningful work to our artisans, but help our planet by keeping waste out of landfills.
We’d love to hear from you about your favorite upcycled products and to know what styles you would like to see added to our ever growing upcycled cement bag collection!