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by Isabela Page

Upcycled bags made of used tarpaulins will be the main feature of the PagBAG-o Project runway show by Xavier Ecoville, on November 15-23 at Lim Ket Kai Mall as one of the project initiatives under the Project Zero.

PagBAG-o Project is Xavier Ecoville’s sewing enterprise which kicked off last year. Its main products are Katsa tote and body bags produced by the Sendong survivor housewives in need of sustainable livelihood. After a series of trainings and a year of experience, they are now stitching something new and exciting for everyone.

Meet Project Zero

Project Zero started in a Gawad Kalinga community in Sooc, Ilo-ilo. Its partner, Smart Communications, provided used tarpaulins to be converted into upcycled bags by the women in Sooc. Social entrepreneurs and homegrown designers from Ilo-ilo have contributed to the international success of Project Zero.

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PagBAG-o Project representatives visited Sooc in July to learn the craft of making tarp bags and learn from the sewers’ experiences. Seeing the potential of the upcycled bags, PagBAG-o Project decided to replicate Project Zero in Cagayan de Oro City. One of the things that drew in PagBAG-o Project to Project Zero is their shared advocacy for the environment. Project Zero is called as such because it uses zero raw materials, uses zero electricity and generates zero waste.

Bag to Bag Activities

As PagBAG-o Project turns one this month, it will re-launch its katsa bags and introduce its version of Project Zero in partnership with Smart Communications.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Kagay-anons’ resiliency, creativity and spirit of community on November 15-23 at Lim Ket Kai Mall. A photo exhibit will feature PagBAG-o bags made by the women of the Xavier Ecoville community. The highlight is the runway event where PagBAG-o Project’s dynamic bag ambassadors who will include Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 Bea Alvarez- will showcase upcycled bags that combine, style and usability. All that while promoting environmental consciousness.

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Xavier Ecoville is a resettlement community for Sendong survivors in Brgy. Lumbia. It is facilitated by Xavier University, the community members, the local government, donors and other partners for a self-sufficient and value-laden community.

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