Here’s the problem: 80,000 tons of flexible plastic packaging are manufactured each year in Indonesia and for every one ton of manufacturing, there’s thirty tons of waste. The average timespan of a single-use drink container packaged in flexible plastic is only 4 seconds. Because there are no safe disposal methods for flexible plastic, it may accumulate and then sit in a landfill forever. And because there are no traditional recycling techniques for this type of plastic it has little resale market value. Rather than allow this flexible plastic to become potential toxic waste by clogging landfills and waterways, The XSProject Foundation acquires the plastic from trash pickers before it piles up in toxic landfills. XSProject is the brainchild of visual artist and environmental activist Ann Wizer, who conceived of this initiative in the mid-90s while living in the Philippines. The non-profit XSProject Foundation was established in 2004 with the aim of raising environmental awareness and directly helping the trash picker communities by providing assistance for daily needs, scholarships and health protection, ultimately highlighting the huge number of invisible populations living in poverty – the very people who live with our trash. The collection of bags originally started with a tote but the line has expanded into everything from makeup purses to laptop bags, even including some made from old billboard designs. So if you’re looking for a new place to house your beauty product stash, you can toss it in the trash bag! Writer :: Emma Pezzack – www.futurenatural.com: the best organic beauty products in the world.