What is XSProject?

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, XSProject is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of poor families living in Jakarta’s trash picker communities. Alongside this is a for-profit business called XSProjek that creates employment for people in these same communities manufacturing products from recycled trash.

Indonesia is changing and rural communities are being displaced. People move their families to big cities like Jakarta in search of work. With few financial resources, little education and no documentation, many have found themselves living in over-flowing garbage dumps.

Each day it is estimated there are about 450,000 trash pickers working in this city of 13 million people. They pick through the garbage, exposing themselves to infectious diseases and hazardous waste, looking for anything they can sell. By day's end, their efforts might return around US$4 - barely enough to feed their families.

XSProject works directly with the trash picker families living at the Cirendeu open garbage dump in South Jakarta.


Trash Transformed


What is upcycling?

Upcycling is an eco-friendly process that takes recycling to the next level! By adding value to waste materials they can be re-purposed to offer better environmental outcomes and even better quality than the original product. It's also called "creative re-use".

Where do we source our trash?

XSProject buys non-biodegradable plastic consumer trash from Jakarta's trash picker community. They don't usually pick up this kind of plastic because they can't sell it to a conventional recycler. We also seek corporate donations of waste materials such as used highway billboards, advertising banners, flags and auto upholstery.

Packing trash onto cart in Jakarta
Photo by shaynabellphotography.com

Plastic Pouches: Reborn

80,000 tons of non-biodegradable flexible plastic packaging is manufactured each year in Indonesia. This kind of packaging is used for laundry, dish soap, fabric softener and other cleaning products. XSProject buys this plastic waste from the trash pickers before it reaches the landfills.

It is carefully sorted, washed, and dried in order to safeguard hygiene and quality. When the materials are ready for production, the pouches are cut and sewn into various products. The pouches are often sewn into colorful patch-work patterns to create larger pieces. We work hard to ensure our finished products are in good condition and meet our high quality standards.

Billboards: A new message

When a highway billboard sign has reached the end of its life, XSProject collects it and creates unique and durable products. The design, pattern and colors are always different depending on which part of the billboard is used to make the product.


Plastic Bags: Fused and Re-used

Single-use plastic bags exact a heavy toll on the environment. They take centuries to degrade and clog landfills. XSProject saves these bags from entering a landfill.

After careful washing, the plastic bags are layered and a simple heating process is used to fuse several bags together, creating a new, more durable material. This is then crafted into beautiful bags you can use every day.

Global Giving Verified

XSProject has been a top-ranked member of the Global Giving (GG) fundraising platform since 2009. To ensure organizations are worthy of your donor dollar, Global Giving puts organizations through a rigorous vetting process which includes site visits. GG has given XSProject their stamp of approval as an effective non-profit so you can give with confidence!

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Take a look at what we make

Customized Products

We offer a wide range of handy off-the-shelf designs, but we are happy to customize products for bulk orders too! If you see a product in the catalog you would like to alter to meet your requirements, let us know. Equally, if you have a product you'd like us to make that isn't in the catalog, we'd love to see how we can help.

Our History

Artist's studio to social business

Begun in 2002, XSProject initially operated as an artist’s experimental studio, using waste collected by trash pickers as the artistic medium. Now it has blossomed into an Indonesian not-for-profit foundation under the name Yayasan XSProject Reguna Kreasi.

In 2007, Retno Hapsari took over as General Manager of XSProject in Jakarta. She is a native of Indonesia and a graduate of Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta.

Under Retno's guidance, XSProject began focusing not only on the trash pickers but the welfare of their families and the education of their children.


Today, much of her time is spent in the community of trash pickers caring for the needs of both the children and adults. She also manages the workshop where XSProject makes and sells products, utilizing the trash that the pickers depend on to make a living. Retno frequently speaks at workshops focused on finding better ways of recycling and educating Indonesia’s consumers about the social impact that waste has on the environment.

Our office and workshop is located in a house in Jakarta. It is the heart of our day-to-day operations. Raw materials are stored, sorted, washed, and sewn. Here, orders are processed, tours to Cirendeu begin and end, workshops are conducted and medical needs tended to.

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The New Graduate

November 17, 2020

This month, we welcome Nurlela as our third student who we have funded from primary school all the way to graduation. When Nurlela graduated from a Vocational High School, she was sure she could get a job that would change the life of her family.  But that did not last long.  After a couple of …

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Covid Test for the Community – It’s the mom’s turn

October 6, 2020

Following up our report on our Community and the Covid-19 pandemic couple months ago, and as we are not sure when is this going to be over, XSProject see the needs for the community and the staff to be periodically tested for Covid-19.  In Indonesia this is usually done first with an economical antibody test.  …

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New School Academic Year 2020 – 2021

September 9, 2020

In Indonesia, most of the new school academic year for 2020 – 2021 has been started since the beginning of August, which is about 2 weeks ago. There is no official statement about changing the rule of distance learning to offline as usual for this new academic year. Therefore, the government was instructing the students …

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Covid Test for the Community

July 17, 2020

Following up our report on our Community and the Covid-19 pandemic couple months ago, and as we are not sure when is this going to be over, XSProject see the needs for the community and the staff to be periodically tested for Covid-19.  In Indonesia this is usually done first with an economical antibody test.  …

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Learning from Home during Covid-19

June 1, 2020

Since April 13, the children have to study from home.  Like many places, schools have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Education and Culture with Indonesian Public TV (TVRI) have prepared a daily program to support distance learning and at the same time to help students appreciate Indonesian culture.  The program is …

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The Community is in good hands during Covid-19 pandemic

May 14, 2020

Trash pickers are among the most vulnerable people. Their work was already dangerous and susceptible to the corona virus, but they must keep working by collecting trash to survive. The government has instituted a lock-down of businesses, so there is less trash on the street, and from schools, shops and malls.  But there is now …

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Nurdin’s future is in his hands

September 11, 2019

Nurdin after taking one of his entrance tests Nurdiansyah or Nurdin he likes to be called is one of the four graduates from vocational school who has decided to continue their education to a higher degree. Nurdin has always wanted to have his own car garage business. That is why he chose to study automotive …

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A bag fit for Bikepacking by Sinartus Sosrodjojo

August 28, 2019

Bikepacking off in the wilderness of Colorado has always been a dream of mine. I recently joined the Steamboat Rambler Ride, which consists of 150 riders, covering 200 miles with over 20,000 feet of altitude gain in 3 days. The ride was massive and one that I will remember for a long time. The ride itself was …

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Brothers in pursuit of a better education

March 9, 2019

Akbar and Rehan are brothers, children of Sarip and Jariah who have 5 children ranging from 2 to 20 years of age.  Rehan is the second child who is in Grade 7 and Akbar is the third child in Grade 3. They both go to schools just across from the community.  Most of the children …

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Thank You GlobalGiving Community!

December 17, 2018

All of us at XSProject Indonesia would like to express our gratitude and a BIG THANK YOU to the GlobalGiving community for your support of our programs in 2018. Generous and thoughtful donors have contributed to our social programs for the health and well-being of trash pickers and their families, and to the better education …

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