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The Fabric of Change

Through the process of up-cycling water sachets and combining them with recycled glass and traditional Ghanaian batik fabrics, ABAN creates beautiful products while helping the environment

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Our Ethos

Through the process of up-cycling water sachets and combining them with recycled glass and traditional Ghanaian batik fabrics, ABAN creates beautiful products while helping the environment. The proceeds directly benefit the young mothers enrolled in ABAN’s school.

ABAN breaks the cycle of poverty among young mothers in Ghana and empowers them to contribute to the restoration of themselves, their communities and their environment.

Lack of environmental awareness causes over 40 tons of these safe
water drinking bags to be thrown onto the streets every day.

Collecting and Sanitizing the Water Bags

ABAN has partnered with local organizations and schools in Accra to take on the daunting task of gathering the water sachets. We train students and educators to collect their personal water sachets as well as those of their family and community members.

An ABAN representative visits each campus once per week to collect and deliver them to our school. We collect about 20,000 water bags per month.

Each of the water sachets are hand-washed, sanitized twice, and dried before becoming a part of a beautiful ABAN product. The professional tailors and seamstresses at our facility sew the bags together to create the lining in each ABAN product.

Traditional Ghanaian Fabrics

Batik is a traditional and brightly colored Ghanaian art form that decorates ABAN products. ACE works closely with local artisans to develop unique designs created just for ABAN. A batik artist takes white fabric and stamps it with wax. This fabric is then dipped in different color dyes and laid in the sun to dry. Once dried the fabric is boiled to remove the excess wax.

The Batik technique spans much of Africa and all the way into India. It is a traditional art form that in many places is now being replaced by commercial manufacturing. The use of Batik in ABAN products helps preserve this ancient technique and further roots the products, the solution and ABAN as a whole in the Accra community.

Turning Glass Into Beads

ABAN products don’t just up-cycle plastic bags: they also feature recycled glass. We gather used bottles and use to create jewelry & key chains.

The glass is crushed and poured into molds. The molds are then fired in kilns and the glass pieces are melted into various shapes and colors. Every ABAN product you buy comes with a key chain! So you're helping keep both plastic and glass off Ghana's streets.

 
Collecting and Sanitizing the Water Bags
Collecting and Sanitizing the Water Bags
Collecting and Sanitizing the Water Bags

ABAN Community Employment

ABAN Community Employment (ACE) is a production center, a vocational training program and an extension of ABAN’s mission. ACE employs professional tailors and seamstresses whose detailed work makes all of our beautiful ABAN products. Young women selected for our seamstress training program also earn a national sewing certification through ACE.

Learn more about ABAN Community Employment, the tailors and seamstresses who made your bag and how your purchase helps empower a community.

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