Add a touch of creativity and purpose to your space with the Plarn Crochet Pot. Each pot not only showcases the beauty of repurposed materials but also echoes a narrative of positive change, where waste is transformed into something useful and meaningful. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in The Gambia, this unique pot is a testament to their craftsmanship and commitment to repurposing plastic waste.
Crafted using "plarn" – plastic yarn, this pot transforms discarded plastic wrap into a practical and eye-catching accessory. Traditionally used for air freight shipments, this plastic is ingeniously repurposed to create a pot that serves multiple purposes in your daily life.
The Plarn Pot's design offers adaptability... whether you're looking for a charming vase to showcase flowers, a stylish pen holder for your desk, or a convenient container for loose change, this pot is up to the task. By placing an old jam jar within, it easily transforms into a vase, adding a touch of eco-chic to your living space.
Beyond its functional versatility, the Plarn Pot carries a deeper story of sustainability and empowerment. With every purchase, you support the skilled women artisans who craft these pots, providing them with economic opportunities and a pathway to independence. Your choice to bring the Plarn Pot into your life also reflects your commitment to reducing plastic waste and embracing conscious consumer choices.
Fair trade & social enterprise
Made of 'plarn' plastic waste in The Gambia
Dimensions: approximately 10cm H & 9cm W. Please note that these are unique & individual products so measurements will vary slightly.
The story of Isatou Ceesay: Climate Hero who turned waste into wealth & changed lives...
“A strong woman stands up for herself, A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.”
Isatou Ceesay has been commended alongside Emma Watson as one of THE Five female activists who are changing the world. Here is how she did it...
Isatou's community was grappling with escalating waste issues. In impoverished regions like The Gambia, regular waste collection services are non-existent, leaving no alternative but to let it accumulate in the streets. Since her early memories, Isatou observed her village residents discarding their rubbish behind their homes. In her childhood, she used to carry groceries in a basket, but plastic bags became the norm. However, these bags wreaked havoc, causing harm to animals, triggering malaria outbreaks due to mosquito breeding, and inhibiting vegetable growth in contaminated soil. To make matters worse, Isatou witnessed her friends resorting to burning plastic as a fuel source for cooking, unaware of the toxic fumes emitted, posing health risks. Despite the enormity of the waste problem, Isatou's ws determined to take action.
Isatou's sister had taught her to crochet, sparking an idea to upcycle the problematic plastic bags into valuable items. She formed a women's group, collecting and washing bags from the rubbish pile. They transformed the bags into "plarn" (plastic yarn) and skilfully crocheted small purses, each taking around eight hours to make and utilizing approximately 10 plastic bags. The women were thrilled with their creations.
The women continued with their tiny business, now also making shoulder bags and cosmetic purses from plarn. Many of them were earning money for the first time, and they were able to use it to buy food to help their families through the ‘hungry gap’ – the three months in the year when there were few crops from their farmland.
Women in her village were now able to save some money, and Isatou helped them to open their own bank accounts. With their savings, many of the women could afford to support their families. Their daughters could continue into secondary school and they could pay for medical treatment. The women helped their community, too, each contributing some of their earnings to start a community garden to grow vegetables, and to help pay for orphans to go to school.
In 2012, Isatou won a Making a World of Difference Award from the International Alliance for Women. Her social enterprise 'Women’s Initiative Gambia' has trained over 11,000 people all over her country in the dangers of plastic and the opportunities for upcycling waste.
Isatou Ceesay, became known as “Queen of Recycling,” the woman who started the recycling movement called One Plastic Bag in the Gambia. The organisation works with communities across the tiny west African state to address not only the environmental impact of unregulated waste disposal, particularly plastic, but also the empowerment of women in the male dominated society. It employs hundreds of West African women and provides them with monthly income. At the time she set up the project, back in 1998, she was met with much resistance and ridiculed. Today Ceesay works to educate citizens about recycling and reducing the amount of waste that is created.
Where others saw a problem, Isatou saw an opportunity – an opportunity to create a healthier environment, but above all an opportunity to change people’s lives.
I bought one of these for my friend as I know how she loves beautiful quirky little things to display her home grown flowers in. She was thrilled, and cut and placed a few flowers from her garden in a jam jar inside the plarn pot. Hence the base or vasket ( take your choice) was born !! ☺️