Plastic bag jewellery carries home Oxfam contract

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Bags2Riches to sell recycled jewellery through charity shops.

A UK-founded jewellery company that uses recycled plastic to make necklaces, cuffs and earrings has scooped a contract to sell through Oxfam charity shops.

Bags2Riches, a company founded by Anna Roebuck, will now sell its wares in Oxfam shops in the UK.

Roebuck works with waste pickers in Mumbai, India, to help turn the rubbish they’re sorting through into items of jewellery.

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She partnered with fair trade manufacturer Asha Handicrafts for the jewellery-making project, which means that those working on the landfill sites will receive something in return from the sale of the Bags2Riches jewellery.

Roebuck set up the company in 2001 with the aim of launching a successful company that also helps people in poverty.

Bags2Riches has featured on the BBC’s The One Show. She said the Oxfam coup involved a “long negotiation” with Oxfam, having satisfied its stringent ethical guidelines.

The Bags2Riches line will be available in Oxfam stores from September, with RRPs from about £6.00.

 

 

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