Your basket purchase gives 5 days of fair trade income to impoverished rural Ghanaians
We have a sale during August: 30% off every purchase of 2 items (or more, if you like). Our online store is recycled Bolga baskets. Enter “AUGUST” at the checkout and you will receive your discount before going to the Paypal hosted payment site.
For those wishing to buy 3 or more items, we can offer a further discount due to the fact that the shipping component of the cost decreases the more items purchased. Please email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with the items, how many of each, your country for postage, and we’ll write back with the best price possible until 31 August.
What G-lish Does
For those not fully familiar with G-lish Foundation, one of our main activities is to produce recycled Bolga baskets in the Upper East Region of Ghana to help impoverished communities get a fair and reliable income for their labour.
Unlike traditional Aid organisations, G-lish uses trade (basket sales), not aid, to make a difference. The sale of products provides income. We produce beautiful products by skilled weavers who’ve spent years honing their craft. People get paid fairly for their work.
For every basket produced, we provide 5 days of work to skilled basket producers in impoverished rural Ghana.
The 5 days are broken down like this:
1 day for a plastic cutter to cut the recycled pure water bags into long strips.
1 day for a plastic twister to twist the plastic strips into twine for weaving
½ day for a recycled cloth cutter to cut recycled cloth into strips—cloth is much easier to cut than the plastic
½ day for a recycled cloth twister to twist the cloth into twine for weaving
At this point, the twisted plastic and cloth go to the weaver.
Another 2 days, on average, for the skilled basket weaver to turn the recycled plastic and cloth into one of the beautiful baskets you see on this site. That you can also buy at our shop on sale NOW.
We work with 67 producers now.
And that income helps G-lish producers put their children in school. It helps them begin other micro-businesses besides weaving. It helps them buy much-needed medicines and the basics like food, clothing and items to maintain their homes.
A Pretty Hot Number
Since we began producing baskets using recycled pure water plastic bags in 2010, we have consumed….189,800 plastic “pure water” bags in production.
It helps that each “Modern Basket” uses at least 250 pure water plastic bags.
How do you know this number is right?
We record, by hand, every unit of 200 pieces of plastic we receive in a spreadsheet for that producer because recycling producers get paid by the 200 bags that are cut and twisted for weaving. This is entered into the electronic version of the same spread sheet. Simple MS Excel.
It helps us track how much plastic each basket uses on average. It also helps us figure out, therefore, how much it costs to produce each basket. It helps us track how much that producer makes. It also helps us track how much plastic we consume as an organisation, overall.
If you look at a close up of a basket, you can see every second line is plastic—this is the pure water bags. You can also see the base of the handles is pure water twine.
189,800 pure water plastic bags consumed in recycled Bolga basket and bag production since July 2010!
That’s 664,300 grams of plastic or 664 kilos of plastic that is otherwise burned or discarded into waterways.
We think upcycling into beautiful, functional, sculptural baskets is a better use of the material.
We thank you for helping us make a major social, environmental and economic impact here in remote northern Ghana.
Help the producers most by:
Buying baskets in Australia at
Melbourne: Combi Coffee’s cafes in Elwood and Albert Park. They have other beautiful fair trade products there besides our baskets. They make the best coffee in Melbourne (award-winning, organic) which likely means it’s the best coffee in Australia (Melbourne is the cafe capital of Australia).
Sydney: Tali Gallery in Rozelle, Sydney.
Buying Baskets in Ghana
Buying recycled Bolga baskets online
We sell the baskets online at Recycled Bolga Baskets! 30% off during August!