Plywood People in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina by Gisele Nelson
We employ refugees who make bags out of billboards. The material was upcycled from billboards on the streets. They are handmade by legal refugees who were forced to flee their countries because of conflict. The bags are providing English classes and restores dignity for the workers, all the while addressing local social needs. Our bags are made with reclaimed materials, so when you carry one of our products, you’re not only helping the environment you’re also helping a community in need.
We employ and educate refugees. We teach them English, pay fair wages, and give them a mentor who helps them navigate life in a new country.
In less than one year, we have sold over 15,000 bags, resulting in work for 13 refugees. We use billboards that previously were being thrown away in the creation of our bags. We're saving the environment, and making a difference in the lives of refugees.