One woman’s trash is another woman’s fashionable new tote bag. Artists have always pushed the envelope. Creating everyday pieces out of unusual materials. Trashy Bags has been on the cutting edge of new wave fashion for the past eight years.
The name is a fun and quirky description of what the trashy bag initiative is in Ghana. It was set up as way to recycle the infinite litter left on the streets of Accra. Since its inception in 2008, more than 20 million plastic sachets have been collected. Around sixty Ghanaians have been employed at Trashy Bags, not including the platoon of litter pickers who are paid for their efforts. The bags are in your face and bold, reminiscent of an Andy Warhol painting. Since the packaging of foods, and products are so colorful Trashy Bags has a wide range of options for those looking for a style that will have them standing out from the crowd.
They have a line of shoulder bags, school supplies, backpacks, briefcases and rain macs. There use of large old canvas to create bags that though extremely colourful and bright have an unmistakable air of sophistication through the simple shape of the bag. Each item is hand-stitched, with an acute attention to detail. The structured shape is reminiscent of the Longchamp large le Pliage tote, except Trashy Bags adds an African twist. The bags range from £30 upwards, with some items costing only £13. Their products can be found online, and in their stores.
In a world filled with fast, and repetitive fashion that we witness from large corporations such as Zara, and H&M. It is encouraging to see a Ghanaian enterprise not only using a Ghanaian workforce, but also making a change to the environment whilst making some very fashionable bags.