Born of a desire to reduce India's mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and help some of Delhi's poorest out of the city's slums, Conserve India achieves all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion.
Conserve started as a fledgling recycling project but quickly adapted to confront the biggest challenge it was facing – what to do with the thousands of plastic bags that could not be composted or recycled locally. After much experimentation, the Conserve team hit upon the idea of not recycling, but upcycling by washing, drying, and pressing the bags into sheets.
Today, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi's most disadvantaged communities. Conserve offers training to its workers so that they can do better jobs throughout the organization, from manufacturing to working in the head office. Conserve also supports schools in the slums where many of its employees live, helping many children to get the better chance they so desperately need.
Serrv is excited to be working with Conserve. We began selling their products in our Fall 2012 catalog.
Meet artisans who work with Conserve (videos):