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Vietnamese woman makes fashion bags from recycled plastic, waste cloth

Monday, September 07, 2020, 16:23 GMT+7
Vietnamese woman makes fashion bags from recycled plastic, waste cloth
Pham Thi Kim Hang (left) and her friends weave plastic fibers to make recycled bags. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Fashioning the new from the old, a Vietnamese woman in Ho Chi Minh City has created bags from recycled plastic and cloth, leaving behind no waste.

As the owner of a store selling eco-friendly organic products, Pham Thi Kim Hang, a 25-year-old woman living in Tan Binh District, has always prioritized taking advantage of reusable products in order to contribute to environmental protection.

Hang was inspired to recycle plastic waste from online shopping, which she said had soared during the nationwide social distancing period in April.

“Why not try recycling [plastic packaging materials] into useful items for everyone?” Hang said.

Pham Thi Kim Hang (left) rolls plastic fibers into a ball so they do not get tangled. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang (left) rolls plastic fibers into a ball so they do not get tangled. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

The woman sought throwaway pillow covers and curtains from hotels and collected used plastic from households.

After a short time looking for ideas and a method to weave the materials she had collected, Hang managed to create plastic-and-cloth woven bags that come in various colors and shapes.

The bags are not only in fashion but also long-lasting, according to Hang.

She plans to use the entire profit from selling the recycled bags for charity.

Currently, Hang is calling for people to come to her store — Limart on Ton That Thiep Street in District 1 — to exchange used plastic for bamboo straws or paper pens.

Pham Thi Kim Hang weaves recycled plastic fibers in to a piece of cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang weaves recycled plastic fibers into a piece of cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang sews a bag from recycled plastic. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang sews a bag from recycled plastic. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang sews a bag from recycled plastic and cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang sews a bag from recycled plastic and cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Recycled plastic fibers are woven into a piece of cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Recycled plastic fibers are woven into a piece of cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang wears a bag made from recycled plastic and cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang wears a bag made of recycled plastic and cloth. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang weaves recycled fibers in to a piece of cloth using a homemade loom. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang weaves recycled fibers into a piece of cloth using a homemade loom. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Thu Trang, a friend of Pham Thi Kim Hang, rolls plastic fibers into a ball so they do not get tangled. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Thu Trang, a friend of Pham Thi Kim Hang, rolls plastic fibers into a ball so they do not get tangled. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang (left) and her friends process recycled plastic for making bags. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Kim Hang (left) and her friends process recycled plastic for making bags. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

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