From Trash to Treasure

The Plastic Project is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Discarded plastic bags do such horrendous damage to our beloved Mother Nature, causing untold suffering and death to sea life, birds and animals. We decided to do something about it in whatever tiny way we could. We also wanted to do something to help alleviate poverty among women. So, we started the Plastic Project, an eco-friendly, trash-to-treasure project to initiate sustainable employment for women.

This is how it works: We collect used plastic shopping bags, which we carefully sanitise. The women then cut the bags into long strips called “plarn,” which they use to crochet beautiful bags, baskets and other items. Selling these bags and baskets provides the women with some much needed income, and any excess proceeds go towards a feeding program for disadvantaged children.

Our women need food vouchers during the pandemic

The activities of The Plastic Project have been suspended during the pandemic. The Xhosa women in the group are receiving a little help from the government. However, some of the women are from Malawi and have no access to any funds for themselves and their families. We are providing them with food vouchers, but are about to run out of funds. If you would like to donate an amount, no matter how small, so that we can provide the women with these much needed vouchers, we would be so grateful. If you would like to help, please send an email to