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MoreThanHip has its own collection of fashion accessories made from recycled cement bags, produced according to fair trade standards in Cambodia: original and sustainable items, which you can read more about here.
Strong, light and waterproof
The material - woven plastic with a coating - from which the cement bag items are made was initially developed for cement bags. That means it has to be very strong, because a full bag of cement weighs 50 Kg. At the same time, it is very light, which contributes to the carrying comfort of a bag made of this material. The coating also makes it waterproof, which is of course a very nice feature for a bag.
Original and unique
Cement bags from different brands have been used for our collection, each with their own design. There are articles with an elephant, a camel and an eagle. That alone gives these items an original look. Moreover, no two items of a model are exactly the same, because different parts of a cement bag are used each time. This way you can be sure of a unique item.
Easy to clean
The bag may have a slight cement residue, which has a specific odour. If you don't like this, you can hang the bag outside for a while or wipe it down with soapy water. Dirt can also be easily removed with soapy water. Further maintenance is not necessary.
Fairly produced in Cambodia
The cement bag collection is made in Cambodia, although the cement bags and the cement that they contained originally came from Thailand. Cambodia imports a lot of building materials from Thailand, for the reconstruction of the country after the devastating years of oppression by the Khmer Rouge.
These discarded cement bags have been discovered by local artisans as a material for making bags of all kinds, toilet bags and pencil cases. The cement bag collection is made in a social workshop in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Phen. Here, mainly disabled craftsmen work. In this way, the workshop strives to give people with disabilities a dignified place in society and to improve their standard of living.
Cleaning up the environment
The workshop also has the admirable mission of making Cambodia cleaner by using recycled materials in their creations. After all, litter is a big problem in countries like Cambodia and one of the causes of the plastic soup in the oceans.