Charity of Choice
Charity of Choice's Bags of Inspiration project is committed to alleviating poverty by developing and empowering people with disabilities. Disabled people's organisations (DPOs) serve a poor and marginalised community and sustainability is a major issue. Charity of Choice identified that there is a shortage of clean recyclable low-density polyethylene plastic (ldp) for use in the manufacture of plastic bags. People with disabilities are trained to collect and recycle ldp into granules (pellets) that are sold to plastic bag manufacturers who in turn supply various municipalities. Bags of Inspiration prevents 500 tons of solid waste from ending up in landfill sites over a 24-month period; educates people with disabilities on conservation and waste management; provides environmental education to disabled youth; creates sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities; aims to create 40 ad hoc and 10 fulltime job opportunities and to providing art-focused recycling to create work for 10 people with disabilities. The project also provides support and capacity building for DPOs.