Auolive, being all about embracing and empowering women, strives to do our part particularly for the marginalised women community in Singapore and around the region. In 2018, we are excited to unveil our collaboration with Coopita through Aarohana’s community of weavers in India who are upcycling plastic.

We have commissioned a specially designed cosmetic pouch which is woven on a traditional loom (charkha) by tribal women in Maharashtra, Western India. The women here are Under-privileged and this project provides them with another source of income and independence. They were solely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, leaving them vulnerable to climate factors and susceptible to contract labour and distressed migration. With these jobs in the village, they do not have to travel or migrate to over-crowded cities and towns.

Woman weaving using the traditional Charka

Women are empowered as they will have work and income.

 

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Each pouch woven by the women removes 8 to 10 plastic bags from the system and that contributes to help the environment.

In early June 2018, the news reported a pilot whale which died in Southern Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags. The number of plastic bags in its stomach made it simply impossible for the whale to eat any nutritional food.

 

   Picture from www.thaiwhales.org

8 MILLION METRIC TONS of plastic winds up in our oceans each year. That’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year.*

*https://www.earthday.org/2018/03/07/fact-sheet-end-plastic-pollution/

June 5 is marked by the United Nations as World Environment Day and this year’s theme is “beat plastic pollution.” In a message, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged all people to reject single-use plastic items, and hence we were very excited about this project as upcycling the plastic bags would mean less end up in the ocean!