Welcome to the Rag Waste Collective.
The Rag Waste Collective is a social project working in Suffolk with links in Southern India. The project aims to empower women from some of the poorest and most isolated communities by offering creative upcycling projects. We use waste textiles that are destined for landfill and teach people in rural community groups different ways to upcycle the textiles into reusable products. These products are then sold through our online shop as well as at various events and local shops. Proceeds from these items are reinvested back into the community groups.
Communites that are engaged in the project benefit from a sense of community cohesion as well as learning new skills. The Rag Waste Collective has a clear ethical charter that outlines how the proceeds are reinvested.
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Just one of the ways that waste is recycled in India. The Ragwaste Collective will be working with the Dharavi Project in Mumbai to offer some alternative solutions for the ragpickers of the Dharavi slums to achieve a fairer wage through the trade of upcycled items.