XSProject is the brainchild of visual artist and environmental activist Ann Wizer, who conceived of this initiative in the mid-90s while living in the Philippines. Wizer’s quirky use of unlikely materials, including drinking straws and toothpaste tubes, demonstrates an inventive and creative way to reduce the increasing mountains of trash found throughout Southeast Asia. Each one of
XSProject’s handmade, one–of-a-kind products is made from consumer waste.
The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to an estimated 400,000 trash pickers, most of whom are undocumented workers surviving on a monthly income of about $35 per family. They eke out a living from the wasteful consumer habits and lack of environmental responsibility of others. XSProject seeks out consumer waste materials that can be bought from these communities that will bring them new sources of income.
80,000 tons of flexible plastic packaging is manufactured each year in Indonesia. The average use of a single use drink container is only 4 seconds.
Equally important is to try to refine our production process to ensure high standards in cleanliness, quality and productivity. Among our many concerns at The XSProject Foundation, two of the most important interconnected goals are: To maximize the amount of non-recyclable, non-renewable waste materials that we can take out of our surroundings to prevent it from polluting the environment. To maximize the creation of sustainable livelihoods.
The XSProject has partnered with the Jane Goodall foundation, as well as others. You can read more of their partnerships, programs, and news form the XSProject site, here.
Products on XSProject, vary from pencil cases, laptop sleeves, insulated lunch/camera totes, up to laundry hampers. The options are limitless on such wonderful products, for such a wonderful cause. My daughter has recently become a fan of such products, and is using the large tote bag we were sent for review as a school bag.
I was sent samples of the above mentioned product(s) to review, I was not paid any monetary compensation for this review. This post is my opinion and should be taken as just that. Having received samples has no impact on my personal use, experience, or like for any product.