Michelle Baggerman’s 2009 Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project ‘Precious Waste’ showed how plastic bags can be repurposed into beautiful textiles. In the last five years, the project has evolved from Michelle’s studio in Eindhoven all the way to Mexico.
Discarded plastic bags are spun into fine yarns and then woven into intricate textiles. Michelle: “My goal was to alter plastic shopping bags in a way that would extend the lifecycle of the material, improve its disadvantages and preserve its positive qualities.”
By collaborating with Mexican social design organisation Anudando, the project now combines material innovation with social entrepreneurship. Anudando will produce textile items made from plastic bag yarn together with craftspeople from regional parts of Mexico who specialise in weaving, crochet and basket making.
The first collection-in-progress entitled Renacimiento (rebirth) explores the potential of the original Precious Waste material in various crafts. For now, the upcoming collection will only be available in Mexico but Anudando will research the feasibility of selling and shipping the products to the Netherlands and abroad while maintaining their environmentally friendly quality.