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A Japanese company is turning old umbrellas into totes and pouchettes

The human lifestyle has caused a rapid increase in plastic production—which in turn, became the main reason for environmental damage.

With this, a Japanese company came up with an ingenious idea to lessen the plastic pollution through upcycling vinyl umbrellas. Due to its cheap value, these umbrellas easily break and buyers tend to just leave them elsewhere. 

Photo credit: Soranews24
Photo credit: Soranews24

Soranews24 reported that the Japanese company named Mondo Design recently launched its new brand, “Plasticity” under the tagline: “We hope this brand ceases to exist after 10 years”. 

To do this, the manufacturing process includes “disassembling the umbrella, washing it thoroughly and then folding and pressing the layers of the umbrella fabric atop of itself in such a manner that it creates an effect akin to frosted glass.”

Photo credit: Soranews24

The company also created different styles of bags like pouchettes (handbag) and totes (big and small size). The bag should be stitched into shape, based on the photo shown below.

Photo credit: Soranews24

The price of each bag ranges from 8,000 to 13,000 yen (Php 3,700 to Php 6,100). The company guarantees the “durability” of the new product, proving that it will last longer than the “500 yen umbrella”.

Most importantly, buyers of the upcycled umbrella can help reduce the problem with plastic pollution since only a lesser volume of garbage will end up in landfills and oceans.

Photo credit: Soranews24
Photo credit: Soranews24

The company’s effort serves as a simple reminder that there are a lot of ways to make up for the damages we have made.

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