REDUCE, REUSE, TRANSFORM: Creative Melbourne social enterprise creates beautiful bags and cultural integration
Blanc & White Collective is a social enterprise that converts the everyday into the extraordinary: used plastic bags become beautifully crafted, high-end women’s bags and accessories.
The process of transforming used plastic bags into new material is done by some of Melbourne’s most vulnerable communities, new migrants and refugees in a safe and creative space.
Founder and Director of Blanc & White Collective Erika Siabatto is a sociologist and visual communicator, originally from Colombia. As an immigrant Erika experienced first-hand the different stages of social integration, making her acutely aware of the importance of culturally inclusive employment opportunities.
Blanc & White Collective is a celebration of sustainability, creativity and social inclusion. It’s a story that will resonate with people interested in creating opportunities for new Australians and in re-using everyday items to create cherished accessories of real and lasting beauty.
The bags and accessories can be ordered online and will be created in Blanc & White’s boutique Carlton studio. The range makes the ultimate Christmas gift for those with a social conscience. Orders placed before 25 December will receive a special Blanc & White-designed card featuring the story behind the bags.