Refugees Make the BAG2WORK Bags from Recycled Life Vests and Boats

By: Joey Haar - Oct 30, 2016
References: kickstarter & dezeen
BAG2WORK is a project centered around the current refugee crisis taking place in European countries. Conceived by Didi Aaslund and Floor Nagler, two Dutch designers working under the moniker of No Mad Makers, the BAG2WORK project works hand-in-hand with refugees to create and sell stylish bags made from discarded materials from their journeys.

Each BAG2WORK bag measures 21 liters. They are made from one square meter of life boat rubber for the body and four life vest straps which act as arm loops and straps to keep the bags closed.

Due to the massive populations of refugees arriving, there is no shortage of leftover vests and boats on the Greek island of Lesbos where No Mad Makers' workshop is set up. The group hopes to gain enough funds to transport these materials to their home workshop in Amsterdam, where they will employ refugees who can't find work.