The Fashion Solution To India's Plastic Waste Problem

Unlike many handcrafted products, the bags, totes, purses and backpacks made by Conserve India have a distinctly urban feel. Tyre-textured strapping, vibrant colour-blocking, interwoven labelling – all just some of the looks created from sustainably upcycled plastic waste.

Plastics are the major contributor to these landfill mountains, which are scoured daily by some of India’s most deprived and exploited people – ‘ragpickers’.

Conventional recycling melts down plastics into pellets, using en…