KISSACO Creates Smiles from Reusing Materials
Can you guess what this unique bag is made out of?
Answer: coffee bean sacks!
These bags, made by KISSACO, are very sturdy because they used to carry large amounts of coffee beans. They are also redesigned to be waterproof and long-lasting. No wonder they’re loved by people of all ages!
Here are some of their bags. They are all very stylish and unique, don’t you think?
Now, don’t you want one too? Let’s take a look at what KISSACO is all about.
KISSACO: the Smile-Creating Business
How did KISSACO come to be? The designer, Yuri Okamoto told us her story.
Okamoto studied at a bag-making school while she worked at a cafe and a publishing company. She then began work at a bag-making company, where she noticed how many materials were wasted along the process of production.
Okamoto was also inspired by her findings abroad. In the Philippines, she saw children get sold off right in front of her. She learned through the movie “Black Gold” that the world does not always have fair transactions between people.
And in Vietnam, she met Mayu Ino (head of the non-profit organisation “Seed to Table”) who told her that, in the rural areas, Vietnamese women lose income during the rainy season.
These moments all came together in Okamoto’s mind when a coffee bean sack arrived at the cafe she was working at.
These materials such as the hemp sack and the metal parts might be garbage if thrown away. But they could bring smiles to people by reusing them to make bags.
Paying for What you Believe In
Why does Okamoto see so much potential in KISSACO?
Even under this age of mass production, there are still many small factories along the older areas of Tokyo. Okamoto stresses that those craftsmen played a large part in making KISSACO.
The next time you go shopping, stop for a moment and ask yourself:
Just remember, there are other products that were made by those craftsmen working in the older areas of your town in a small factory, just like KISSACO.
KISSACO teaches us a vital lesson about making, selling and buying products – and it continues to make people smile all over the world.
[via Greenz.jp written by Felix Sayaka]