XSProject Turns Jakarta's Excessive Trash into Treasure

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Click on image to view Ann Wizer's Video on XSProject
photo: XSProject USA

Indonesia is a land of intrigue, beauty, and deep cultural strong holds. But the uglier side of this exotic culture comes in the form of an enormous trash problem. Heaping trash found in the streets, water, and seemingly everywhere that the eye can see. Ann Wizer, visual artist and environmental activist, is doing her part to shed some light on this filthy issue by turning Jakarta's trash into consumer items. Check out the intensive process behind the art in this video.Artist Ann Wizer launched XSProject in an effort to begin to find a use for the incredible excess of consumer waste found in Indonesia's capitol Jakarta. Her fear was that she would put the trash collectors out of business (a major employer for native Indonesians) so instead she started purchasing the trash at an above market value from the trash collectors. With the help of her team, she then began to turn the trash into all sorts of consumer items like tote bags and pencil cases. Each item is unique and made from everything from plastic packaging pouches to toothpaste tubes.

The XSProject Foundation
According to the video, the non-profit XSProject Foundation aims to raise environmental awareness of the excessive waste issue in the country and at the same time directly help the trash picker communities by providing assistance for daily needs, scholarships and health protection.

More on Trash:
Rethinking Trash into Inspired Art
One Man's Mission: Not Throwing Any Trash 'Away' For 365 Days
Garbage Art: Plastic Bags Come to Life

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