#MakaNakaPlastic is a local Goan movement aimed at providing a sustainable alternative to single use plastic in Goa and someday globally. The aim of #MakaNakaPlastic is to solve three crucial problems, namely: the environmental damage caused by single use plastic, to reduce the carbon emissions created by a fast fashion industry and lastly to reduce female unemployment which has recently been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The #MakaNakaPlastic movement aims to change people's habits of relying on single use plastic by providing a sustainable alternative through the use of upcycled material, more specifically, recycled clothing and other fabrics. The model of #MakaNakaPlastic is to turn old clothing into upcycled reusable bags made by local women as an alternative to the single use plastic bag.
We strictly only use upcycled materials, currently sourced in Goa and Mumbai, so as to ensure that the making of our bags does not provide further waste and an additional burden on the environment. By using upcycled materials and in particular, upcycled clothing, #Makanakaplastic addresses the immense waste created by the fast fashion industry by attempting to eliminate the large masses of clothing that is found in landfills worldwide. We also have
#Makanakaplastic bags are made by over 62 women in Goa from the marginalized community and through a network of self-help groups. Some of the women in these self-help groups have been rescued from the human trafficking trade and others are simply trying to find other avenues to supplement their income.
As a starting point to the drive to change the habits of people in relation to using single use plastic and plastic in general, #Makanakaplastic will be holding a three-week campaign in the coming months. The aim of the campaign is to distribute 10,000 bags throughout Goa and more importantly to have 10,000 conversations about the impact of plastic on the environment and the necessity to switch to more sustainable options by providing an alternative to the single use plastic bag. The bags will be offered at the point of sale in instances where someone is about to receive a plastic bag.
The campaign is not intended to shame or preach but rather to spark a mindset change through dialogue, engagement and education.
In order to do this, we need your help!
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