Lamongan, East Java, Indonesia

Project Team

Yuan Edo Ramadhana, Rizqi Zabir Manna, Shela Rizky Tarinda, Veronica Kadista Putri, Shangrani, Khalda Luqyana I.L., Fakharu Jabarrahman, Kevin Dio, Kukuh Prakoso, and Farah Mutia


Eni Suncayati, with overall project coordination by R. Chusnu Yuli Setyo


These young students in East Java don’t hesitate to get their hands dirty for a cleaner environment, and they create chic accessories at the same time. One good idea puts sustainability, innovation, and trade into the same bag!



  1. firdaus jurida
    December 27, 2016

    Wow that’s awesome. I am really going to do it at home. Keep up the work my friends in SMP 1.

    • Your School Name: Oemar diyan Islamic boarding school
  2. andhika fikri
    September 25, 2016

    Wow, wonderful project, I like that this project had a great cause.

    • Your School Name: SMAN 2, Lamongan, East Java, Indonesia
  3. emily
    September 22, 2016

    I think your ideas were very innovative. What a great way recycle!

    • Your School Name: Baulkham Hills High School
  4. aarthi
    September 22, 2016

    This project is very inspirational and innovative. A great way to use rubbish in our environment

    • Your School Name: Baulkham Hills High School
  5. sanmae l.
    September 10, 2016

    Turning garbage into fashionable bags is an innovative way to demonstrate the 3Rs. It also inspires other students to maximize their potential in shaping a cleaner and greener environment. Great idea put into action produces amazing results.

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  6. t. lee
    September 6, 2016

    Using garbage to create products seems to be one of the most efficient ways to deal with environmental problems involving trash. Your community was able to use them to create bags, which are something that is commonly used today. I am assuming the prices you will address them with will be lower than the prices of usual bags, which will be a factor when it comes to attracting customers. With this, you will be able to create awareness regarding this problem. It is indeed a simple, but well-thought out solution that goes a long way.

    • Your School Name: Cebu International School
  7. krissa
    September 2, 2016

    It’s a simple solution but is very effective and has a great impact on the environment. A proof that we can make a difference by doing simple and small things together.

    • syifa azzahra
      September 1, 2016

      Great slide presentation! the idea of turning garbage into reusable plastic bags is awesome! We have to improve our idea to take care to our environment as like solving the littering problem. I suggest you to make more recycle things from garbage. Good job!

      Semangat ade-ade!! ^ v ^

      • Your School Name: Darul Istiqamah Barabai
    • samantha
      August 23, 2016

      This is a really great project. I loved how you included all the kids in this activity. I think it’s great that you teach kids to recycle not throw everything out. Remember REUSE REDUCE RECYCLE.

      • Your School Name: Tampa Prepratory School
    • roger
      August 23, 2016

      That project looks really cool and inspiring. Great job on your project guys

      • Your School Name: TPMS
    • wyatt
      August 23, 2016

      That’s so cool. It’s a great idea. I think I’m going to make one. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • austin
        August 23, 2016

        Great idea! Good way to recycle things!

        • ahmad
          July 19, 2016

          Hey all, thank you very much for your amazing comments on our project about recycling garbage to turn it into something useful and wonderful. Thank you very much again.

          • syahrinaldi e.
            June 23, 2016

            Well done! you made it awesome and that’s great way to save our earth from global warming.
            go on and improve your idea 🙂

            • dea a.
              June 23, 2016

              Wonderful job, friends. It is an inspirational project for everybody. I like it.
              Salam kenal

              • iekram, naufal, willy, and fery (oemar diyan students)
                June 23, 2016

                This is a really good idea!

                • yuan edo r.
                  June 2, 2016

                  Dear everyone,
                  I am student at SMPN 1 Lamongan (and one of the creators of this project). Thank you for your wonderful comments. My classmates and I appreciate them very much.
                  To Alexis Z.: Yes, many people use these bags. There are many recycling factories in my town.

                  • shela t.
                    June 2, 2016

                    I am a student from SMPN1 Lamongan. Thanks for the wonderful comments 🙂

                    • fakkaru h.
                      June 2, 2016

                      Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. Recycling is also great for the planet. It takes items that would just sit in a landfill, taking years to degrade and break down, and turns them into new products. The life of an item that can be recycled can go on and on. From its creation this recyclable item begins a long life that may take on many forms. For example, an old used pop bottle may not become a pop bottle again. It may instead become part of a child’s toy or even part of a car. As you can see, recycling goes way beyond traditional uses and explores new ways to make recycled items more useful. We will increase many ideas for recycling garbage.
                      Again, thank you very much for your comments ^_^

                      • novia
                        June 2, 2016

                        Hey, I’m SMPN 1 Lamongan student. I am in the 9th grade. Thanks for giving comments here. I’m so happy reading your encouraging comments.

                        • rizqi z. m.
                          May 30, 2016

                          Hey everybody! Thank you for your amazing comments! Like what Shangrani said, we have a plan to make a video to help you try recycling garbage into useful things like a bag. And once you have tried, maybe you can share your photos of recycling the garbage with us.

                          • shangran a.
                            May 29, 2016

                            To all, I’m a student at SMPN 1 Lamongan. Thanks for your comments. They are encouraging us to be more creative and continue to recycle our garbage in order to help reduce global warming whose effects will be devastating for our planet. That’s why we have to keep doing what we can to protect our environment. Maybe someday we will create a video to show how to make a bag from plastic 🙂

                            • kukuh p.
                              May 29, 2016

                              Hey all!!! Thanks for your wonderful comments. Indeed, with an artistic touch, garbage can change into wonderful things. We appreciate receiving your encouraging comments and suggestion.Thank you very much.

                              • kukuh p.
                                May 27, 2016

                                We will try to make more wonderful item from recycled garbage.

                                • lindsay k.
                                  May 25, 2016

                                  Dear students at SM1, I think that this project is a great way to save landfills! I think that by reusing trash to make a helpful everyday product was very smart and I will try to do many things like this to help the environment.

                                  • p.s. from faircrest
                                    May 24, 2016

                                    I like the idea of this!!!! During the summer I saw that people took mini cereal labels and truned them into vests. Well done!!!

                                    • patrick d.
                                      May 24, 2016

                                      I learned that Lamongan, East Java and how they turned plastic garbage into plastic bags and how we can do that also. What else can you do to help the environment?

                                      • amanda r
                                        May 24, 2016

                                        Your project was worth while to look at because creating those bags out of plastic wrappers is a way to keep a ton of plastic out of landfills. The bags look like they are somewhat easy to create and can be used everyday instead of bags you would have to buy at a store. I loved your project!

                                        • eliana n.
                                          May 24, 2016

                                          Dear students at SMPN 1 in Indonesia, I am a student and I learned that your topic is about having a more clean environment. How will you make your environment a clean one? How would you spread the word about a clean environment? What are you doing to help save the environment? Many people around the world are trying the make the environment cleaner in many ways. I think it’s a good idea by turning garbage into tradable fashion goods.

                                          • scottie b.
                                            May 24, 2016

                                            I think that it is very cool that you took everyday items that have been thrown away and turn them into something useful. In Scardale, we have problems with recycling because a lot of people don’t have time to recycle. If people knew how to make things like you did, it would be a great way to save money while saving the environment.

                                            • alyssa j
                                              May 24, 2016

                                              I think it is really amazing how trash can be made into things we may use in the future. In Scarsdale we throw away lots of trash and it usually ends up in our landfill.

                                              • eric r
                                                May 24, 2016

                                                I learned that garbage isn’t useless and many citizens and Scarsdale take throwing away garbage for granted. Most people don’t realize that we can recycle and reuse garbage by turning it into bags and other useful items as oppose to throwing away our garbage in landfills where it can hurt the environment.

                                                • kayle w. and kristine f.
                                                  May 24, 2016

                                                  We didn’t realize that the children in Indonesia are trying to help the planet and keep their country sustainable.

                                                  • laura c.
                                                    May 24, 2016

                                                    Personally, I think that this is a great way to make use of waste. It would be nice and really interesting if you actually wore the clothing on a daily basis, and distributed them.

                                                    • ashley s.
                                                      May 24, 2016

                                                      I think reducing waste into fashionable clothing is great. I would love if you could make a video showing how to make clothes out of waste.

                                                      • jordan
                                                        May 24, 2016

                                                        My passions in life include saving the environment and fashion. These fashionable bags take both my passions into consideration. IN Scarsdale, we face the same issues of preserving our environment that you face in Indonesia. I wish that our school would try something cool like yours! I would love to have a bag made out of garbage that is actually cute and stylish!

                                                        • catherine
                                                          May 23, 2016

                                                          This is a very interesting way to recycle.

                                                          • tommy
                                                            May 23, 2016

                                                            This is so cool! I wish I knew how to do that. By the way these are fashionable.

                                                            • tyler g.
                                                              May 23, 2016

                                                              I’ve seen people with bags made out of juice boxes. I didn’t think that they were REAL juice boxes that were recycled.

                                                              • zach and chad
                                                                May 23, 2016

                                                                That would be cool. Your idea is great. Make sure to make reusable flat top hats.

                                                                • liam
                                                                  May 23, 2016

                                                                  I think converting waste into clothing is very smart. I think it will make it possible for people who don’t have clothing to get clothing. 🙂

                                                                  • abigail d.
                                                                    May 23, 2016

                                                                    I think this is a great idea. It would reduce waste and make clothes.

                                                                    • daniel m
                                                                      May 23, 2016

                                                                      I think that the idea of turning garbage into reusable plastic bags is a great idea. The trash you used to make your bags would have just gone to waste if you hadn’t had that great idea. I also noticed that you have cheetos in Indonesia, like we do in the USA. Your labels are different than ours, though.

                                                                      • daniel b
                                                                        May 23, 2016

                                                                        This would be a great idea! It would be cool if we can make this happen.

                                                                        • katie
                                                                          May 23, 2016

                                                                          Hello everyone. This was a good way to keep the earth green. Keep doing this because that was a very good idea.

                                                                          • andressa o
                                                                            May 23, 2016

                                                                            This is a wonderful idea! This idea will reduce landfill. Congratulations!

                                                                            • alyssa m
                                                                              May 23, 2016

                                                                              I love the idea of taking trash and changing it into something fashionable. It is very creative. It is a fun way to recycle.

                                                                              • jonathan t
                                                                                May 23, 2016

                                                                                I was very interested to learn that you could make bags from garbage. I really enjoyed looking at this project and it made me think about garbage in a way I never had before because I thought garbage was just garbage and didn’t realize that garbage could actually be useful. This was a great idea. How long did it take to make them?

                                                                                • emily.p
                                                                                  May 23, 2016

                                                                                  I think that it is an amazing idea and it will help the environment and help the world .

                                                                                  • jake s
                                                                                    May 23, 2016

                                                                                    I think this is a great idea. Instead of buying expensive products that produce waste, use products that save our envirorment. Good work, East Java.

                                                                                    • olivia b.
                                                                                      May 23, 2016

                                                                                      I think that is a great idea. You guys are really creative! America should make more things like that. It is a great way to recycle. It really helps the earth. I think they actually look pretty. I love the colors!

                                                                                      • fmms
                                                                                        May 23, 2016

                                                                                        I like the bags! They are so new and neat! Were they hard to make? Are they really clean and durable?

                                                                                        • n b.
                                                                                          May 23, 2016

                                                                                          What have you done with the bags look really cool. This is a great idea of recycling for anyone even though some people think it’s a waste. I think it should be a law that you have to recycle things that can be recycled.

                                                                                          • wesley e
                                                                                            May 23, 2016

                                                                                            like Josie, i like how you guys recycle

                                                                                            • skyler
                                                                                              May 23, 2016

                                                                                              That’s awesome. I’m going to have to try this.

                                                                                              • austin
                                                                                                May 23, 2016

                                                                                                How long did it take to turn garbage into tradable bags?

                                                                                                • kyle r
                                                                                                  May 23, 2016

                                                                                                  I will have to try this too. I never really gave it a thought that you could use trash to create those kind of things.

                                                                                                  • alexis z.
                                                                                                    May 23, 2016

                                                                                                    Dear students,
                                                                                                    I think that reusing garbage is a brilliant way to help the environment, and the bags you created were amazing. Personally, I think selling the bags in order to gain money for a charity which would help the environment would be a good idea. After reading this, I am inspired to do the same thing, and make such good creations out of trash. Do many people in your town do the same thing and use these bags? Thank you for the good idea. I really enjoyed your project!

                                                                                                    • josie v.
                                                                                                      May 23, 2016

                                                                                                      I love how you guys don’t waste, it really helps the earth, and they look so trendy to. That’ll be a wonderful idea for all countries.

                                                                                                      • luke n
                                                                                                        May 23, 2016

                                                                                                        I loved that this project had a great cause.

                                                                                                        • nathan m.
                                                                                                          May 23, 2016

                                                                                                          This idea will reduce landfills and provide more living area. It also puts new fashion on the market. Great!

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