Press Release

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.

I want to use my experience to create cultural integration through positive environmental action. Through my background in design and fashion, I’ve transformed everyday materials into remarkably unique accessories that are ethically made in Melbourne,
— said Erika.
The end result is a beautifully crafted bag with interesting design elements. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to Blanc & White – people love the unique look and feel of the bags, as well as the story of how a simple concept can make a difference in our communities.

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.