Remade Convertes Waste Canvas into Wallets, Raises Money for Charity

You can carry your money in a stylish wallet made from waste canvas, which lends your support to the reuse and repurposing movement, and know that the profits from the sale of that wallet are going to a charity building a better world, if you choose a wallet from Remade.

When you combine the repurposing of a waste material with a philanthropic mission, you’re well on your way to helping to mitigate some of the effects of our culture of excessive resource consumption, while also benefiting people in need. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Remade, an initiative of CanvasPop (which converts photographs into printed canvas art), takes unusable canvas and has EcoEquitable Inc. (a nonprofit providing employment and skill development to immigrant and underemployed women) turn them into chic wallets that will be right at home in the pocket of just about any fashionista.

“As our volumes increased, we recognized that the waste was becoming a problem,. We wanted to implement a creative solution to reduce our waste and hopefully inspire other companies to follow suit. This is where the idea for Remade was born.” – Nazim Ahmed, CanvasPop Co-founder

Two types of wallets are being offered by Remade, with the first being ones that the “Featured Art” versions, which feature work from “emerging artists and photographers” that get printed onto the otherwise unused border space during regular print runs. The other type, the “Surprise Me” designs, are created with images from the discarded canvases of CanvasPop’s users (with their consent).

$5 from the sale of each Remade wallet (essentially all of the profit) is donated to Charity: Water, which has the admirable mission of working to bring clean and safe drinking water to every single person on the planet.

So go ahead, treat yourself to a new wallet, knowing it’s made in a good way from waste materials, while also supporting a crucial initiative toward ending water poverty.

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