Trashy Bags makes stride in Ghana
By Abdul Salam Sule,
Accra, May 12, Ghanadot - Managing
solid waste especially plastic waste has become a nightmare to
successive governments in Ghana and it is no wonder very little
has been achieved.
The problem has arisen as a result of
high demand for foods and other items packaged in plastics. In
Accra for instance, research shows that millions of waste are
produced from plastic materials daily and it is often disposed
of in open areas thereby littering the environment and chocking
the city drains.
The common known plastic materials that produce waste include
what is known as 'pure water' sachets used to package filtered
drinking water and fan-ice and yughurt drinks. The waste
therefore creates unhygyenic scenes that are detrimental to the
health of people.
The government at a point in time decided to ban the use of all
plastic materials in the country but it stopped due to the
convenient nature of plastic packaged goods.
But the unsuccessful search to finding a lasting solution to
plastic waste in Ghana has partly come to an end with the coming
of Trashy Bags.
Trashy Bags is a non governmental organisation which aims at
ending the menace of plastic waste through recycling. With
unbounded creativity and innovations
of Mr Stuart Gold, the managing director of Trashy Bags, used
and discarded plastic waste are transformed
to material for producing bags and other useful products.
In an exclusive interview with Ghanadot at his Dzorwulu office
in Accra, Mr Stuart Gold said, his quest to make the environment
clean brought up the idea for the establishment of Trashy Bags
which is 100 per cent produced from trash.
He said, once received, the sachets are washed three times
before disinfecting and allowing it to dry. It is therefore
sorted before sewing and assembled
into a unique and useful bags designs such as tote bags, brief
cases and many others.
He revealed, trashy bags has collected over 10 million used
sachets on the street of Ghana and every sold bag gave them the
opportunity to educate and inform the people about the dangers
involved of littering the environment.
"We are not only cleaning the environment but providing jobs as
well. By encouraging people to collect millions of discarded
plastic and paying them a collection fee we are providing casual
and supplementary employment and trashy bags has employed over
60 permanent workers", he further revealed.
Mr Stuart Gold said, it is important the bags from Trashy are
patronised and the more the bags are patronised, the more the
bags would be produced which would also help to make the
environment plastic waste free.