Trash doesn’t always mean waste. It’s the inspiration and the material behind environmental activist Ann Wizer’s whimsical line of everyday items (think credit card holders, mini make-up bags, shopping bags, shoulder totes and laptop holders) fashioned out of consumer waste. Raw material is collected by “trash pickers” in Jakarta, Indonesia and then fashioned into products that give new meaning to the term “eco chic.” A portion of each purchase goes to the XS Project, a nonprofit organization that raises environmental awareness and helps trash pickers and their families. CNN covered Ann in this video noting “one woman is helping the poor and the environment at the same time.” What a wonderful story!

All products are available online at xsprojectusa.com, and at participating stores.

Highlights include selections from the XS Mini, Classic and Fresh collections:

XSProject's Baggage Tag

XS Baggage Tag – $9.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, travel in style with a tag that features a business-card sized window for your I.D.

XSProject's Waste Basket

What A Waste – $13.50

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a bright waste basket that works in any room.

XSProject's Secret Business

Secret Business – $16.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a small bag with asymmetrical flap for business cards.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast – $16.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a mini bag for makeup, ipod, cell phone, camera or other essentials.

XSProject's Green Sleeve 14

Green Sleeve 14″ / 17″ / 18″ – $20.00 / $23.00 / $27.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a laptop sleeve that comes in three sizes to fit just right.

XSProject's Cut Bag-Large

Cut Bag-Large – $32.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a large tote bag, perfect for shopping.

XSProject's Zipper Folder

Vital Statistic – $35.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a portfolio perfect for office or school use.

XSProject's Shopping Bag

Market Market – $40.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a bag that’s great for groceries, or as a carry on when traveling.

XSProject's Global Cooling

Global Cooling – $50.00

Handmade by highly skilled artisans of the XS Foundation, a large insulated bag to keep lunches, groceries or picnic items cold.

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