It all started with an idea...
The first Rice & Carry bag was made in 2012, to tackle two issues in Sri Lanka:
1) growing amount of plastic waste
2) lack of job opportunities for women
In the beginning, many people could not imagine that anyone would want to buy a bag made from trash.
But we proved them wrong.
Our first bag - made from re-used rice bags
upcycle more than 60,000 rice bags and spice sacks, and 120,000 plastic bottles per year
and employ 30 women from rural villages for fair wages.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL GOOD
We seek to improve the livelihoods of the communities on Sri Lanka's East coast.
Offer local solutions to the global waste crisis
Create steady jobs for women from rural areas
Promote Fair Trade principles locally and globally
GUARANTEED FAIR TRADE
Lanka Upcycles is a fully approved member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). All our products are made according to the 10 Fair Trade principles.
We are proud to have received multiple awards for our work.
Zero Waste Award
Environmental Impact Award