Tourists interested in recycled handicrafts

002 72Tourists show their interest recycled handicrafts made using waste materials, which have been sold at a Chu Chu Workshop on Khaye Street in Kamakasit Ward, Dala Township, located on the side of the Yangon River, in commercial hub Yangon.
“Foreigners visited the workplace and bought these handmade recycled products,” said Chin woman Daw Wun Di, who is the owner of the Chu Chu Workshop.
She explained how her starts production of recycled handicrafts.
“I started the business in May, 2014, now it is nearly five years. In the beginning, there were only three workers. Now, the business is running with about 50 workers. Trainings in handicraft making are also given to those interested individuals. Some trainees came from Shan, Kachin, Kayah and Chin states. Firstly, we used plastic bags on the roads as raw materials. Now, we use are a wide kind of plastic wastes, including plastic coffee bags, tyres, tubes, waste umbrella and jute bags. Those waste materials have been transformed into handiworks, including shopping bags, sling bags, travel bags, foot wares and others.”
Based on raw materials, the workshop produces about 60 kinds of recycled handmade products. The market sees a few local consumption, however, the workshop receive online orders for the recycled products from foreign buyers. The recycled products attract most of international buyers during the five years.
”Waste materials are thrown away nearby us. I want people not to throw the trashes on the public streets. I want them to systematically throw trashes into the rubbish cans and trash tanks. This is a kind of environmental conservation work. Therefore, I want every individual to take part in it”, she continued.
The owner displays a small house built with the use of waste bottles, boxes and used tyres within the compound of the workshop.—Naing Linn Kyaw (Dala) Translated by Ye Htut Tin (NLM)

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