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How Baguio housewives turn trash to cash and export them to major countries such as South Korea and Europe

An original and colorful placemat made by Baguio housewives. Photo || Just Project FB page

Cordillera - Some groups of housewives in Baguio city prove that waste or trash doesn't really have to be wasted but instead create an income out of it.

That is true, because in Baguio, some housewives are actually turning trash into cash by skillfully weaving junk food wrappers after they are washed, cleaned and dried to make some useful products such as bags and placemats.

By the help of Just Project Biotechnology, the housewives were contracted to make bags to be sold during the Baguio Flower Festival's Session Road in Bloom activity way back in 2015 according to Joseph Medez, a native of Baguio and owner of Just Project Biotechnology.

A Korean customer bought bags and got satisfied with the quality and later imported the products in his country.

"This is unexpected because this was just a family business. My customer, 34-year-old Korean Shiney Kim, bought bags in our stall and got satisfied with the quality, he continued patronizing until we decided to partner and export the products," Medez said.

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Medez explained that they prefer housewives to make the bags for them because they have the skill and they are enjoying their work as they do not even leave their home while earning additional income for their families.
A coin purse. Photo || Just Project FB page.

Through Just Project Biotechnology, products made by these housewives such as bags, placemats, key chains, purses, wallets, laptop bags, coaster and many more are now exported to South Korea, France, Taiwan, Europe and soon to Germany.

Prices start at Php800, depending on the item and size. They also customize bags according to the client's preference, which may cost up to Php 1,500.

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What makes their products stand out among other export items is their original design and the materials are patented, Medez said.

He said their products are the only ones made out of junk food wrappers.

source || PNA


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