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According to the XSProject statistics, in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta there are between 350,000 to 450,000 estimated trash pickers. These workers are not hired sanitation workers, with uniforms, salaries and recognition. Rather, this population are undocumented families, looking for items that can be sold for recycling, most making an income of about 30-35 US dollars per family per month.
Visual artist Ann Wizer started to use trash as the primary material in her art, in both costumes and installations. The first ‘trash’ tote bags were part of the costumes used in her performances. This led to the creation of XSProject which focused on recycling the consumer waste into new products. It also worked to help the poor trash picking communities in two ways. First, by offering a higher wage for recycled materials, these workers earn a greater income for their families. Second, the non-profit XSProject Foundation helps the trash pickers by providing scholarships and offering assistance for health and daily needs.
An innovative solution to help both Indonesia’s poor and the trash clogged landfills and waterways. Ann Wizer has started something great for the environment and the families recycling it.
If you would like to learn more about the XSProject, and other efforts for our Environment, please visit our Impact Your World page.
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