The Environment

G-lish was the organisation that discovered how to transform pure water plastic bags into twine that could be used, like straw has been, to weave beautiful objects. As of February 2014, G-lish has used 313,200 plastic bags in basket production since 2010.

G-lish also decided to plant one tree for every basket produced, inspired by Wangari Maathai’s Greenbelt Movement. To date over 900 trees have been planted: neem, mango, moringa, cashew and mahogany. Read more about our environmental and social impact. 

Basket maker planting mango seedling

Basket maker planting mango seedling

Basketmaker and environment

Basketmaker and environment

This is the dry season, when the first crop of Bolga baskets were produced using plastic and cloth, as you can see here.

Two things are obvious from this picture:

1. Plastic is littered everywhere in this environment.

2. A great need for more trees.

Basket makers' children help plant mango seedlings

Basket makers’ children help plant mango seedlings