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.
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.
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!
Fair Trade Guaranteed
The 10 principles of Fair Trade are very much in alignment with our values - looking after people and the environment are at the core of who we are - that's why XSProjek has chosen to become a Fair Trade Guaranteed organization. This means we have been externally audited by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) to ensure our business practices are truly in line with the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. You can buy from us with the confidence we really are an ethical choice!
Take a look at what we make
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.
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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