Lynn Worsley from All Women Recycling is passionate about plastic recycling and has worked in this field for over 10 years winning many awards for her gift bottles. Wendren Setzer, from Wren specialises in stitching paper using a unique process that makes it durable and water resistant.
The plastic-based fabric used on the inside of these Paper Tubs is called Stitch Bond. This fabric is a non woven 100% polyester fabric that is manufactured locally in Cape Town. The bulk of this product is part of a national recycling project where empty water and colddrink bottles are recycled. Polyester is also easily recyclable.
For All Women Recycling, this process has served to emphasise that alternative, sustainable textile production is possible and that we do not always have to rely on expensive, carbon intense, fabric or materials from other countries.
The paper that Wren is known best for is the same paper used to make cement packaging bag. This paper is collected as unusable paper rolls from printing factories in South Africa. This special paper is fused to fabric to make it stitchable and strong, screen-printed and coated with nano liquid glass (an environmentally friendly coating) to make it water resistant.
For Wren the process of taking an everyday material and challenging its perceived use and value is exciting.
Fully reversible – the paper can be one the outside and the fabric on the inside, or the fabric on the outside and the paper on the inside
Coated with Nano Liquid Glass to be water resistant
Adjustable height – just fold and roll the top
They fold flat and are super lightweight so they are easily tucked away when not in use