Dear Friends,

CWIN is proud to introduce you to our ‘Banners to Bags’ initiative, an environmental and social entrepreneurship venture of Youth Safe, a youth organization affiliated with CWIN.

After witnessing the unnecessary overuse of plastic bags in the city, and in light of the government’s recent attempts to ban plastic bags, our AYAD (Australian Youth Ambassador for Development), Laura, starting looking for plastic bag alternatives. Rather than using raw material that will, in turn, create more waste, the idea was to create something out recyclable material:  that is YOUR I/NGO BANNERS.

The concept:

Here at CWIN we have so many one-time use flex banners and material signs that have been used for specific events and advocacy campaigns.  Now those banners, which have been gathering dust, have been turned into practical, recyclable shopping bags. Those made from flex signs are particularly strong.

Some youths, members of our Youth Safe group, will receive a skills-based training on how to make different styles of reusable shopping bags. Our marketing interns, Pravash and Tara, will then deliver workshops on social entrepreneurship and sales. The aim is to make the initiative self-sustainable, with the youths making and selling the bags for a small income. If you are interested in having your banners returned to as bags, then that can also be arranged.

What you can do:

To make ‘Banners to Bags’ a reality, we need your old banners and signs.  Please have a look around the office and gather the banners, signs and other out of date materials you think may be appropriate to turn into a bag. Nothing is too much or too less. Every bit will help.

Collection and more information:

In the second week of June, CWIN will visit each office to collect the banners. We will confirm our visit a few days beforehand. In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laura ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pravash ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

CWIN is very excited to be pursuing an environmental skills based training initiative.  We look forward to your support for ‘Banners to Bags’.


Kind Regards,

Sumnima Tuladhar

Executive Coordinator