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Sustainable luxury: a designer creates designer handbags and purses from recycled milk sachets

Everything was born as a thesis project to which he had to dedicate more than four months to find the materials and textile experimentation he wanted and thus finish her career as an apparel designer at the UBA. And that’s how he found what he was looking for to create his project: milk sachets.

Jessica Pullo was born in the La Salada neighborhood, in the party of La Matanza. There are the textile fairs that generate the most environmental impact. Once he obtained his much desired title, decided to train on sustainability and that helped her to know all the negative impact that fashion generates day by day.

“I decided to do something from my place. I had the need to do something positive that would encourage a more caring society with the people who need it and the environment. I imagined that these scourges could be reported from a more artistic and I began to experiment with all kinds of waste and I got to make garments with urban waste and textiles”, Tells Infobae The designer.

Then Jessica approached ALPAD (Labor Association for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities) to transmit the textile techniques that he had developed, and that is how he founded his brand called Biótico in 2014.

An envelope designed and created by Jessica Pullo for her Biótico brand and it is 100% sustainable

Count to Infobae that according to Observatory of the Milky Chain 3,800,000 sachets of milk are discarded daily in our country, and at that time she realized that one of Its objectives were to raise awareness about the use and abuse of plastics

In addition, he adds that he consulted with Leonardo Salierno, doctor in Chemistry, who approved the use of the milk sachet and snack packages on the skin so that they are not toxic.

And the big question is: How is the creative process of these luxury wallets that are made with the milk sachets? First is the search for the material. For it they carry out campaigns to collect milk sachets through social networkss where they have two delivery points in Capital Federal (in Saavedra and Balvanera), where everyone cleans and also receives packages of cookies and snacks.

  Members of ALPAD (Labor Association for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities) together with Jessica Pullo and some of the designs created with recovered textiles

Then in ALPAD, the members clean, cut and assemble the waste to make the textiles by hand. The next step is to receive the textile to hand-assemble the wallets with the designs they create for the brand.

“The part I like the most is being able to work together with the people who make up ALPAD,” says Jessica. Between the processes of searching for material, cleaning and assembling, the time of making each purse and bag varies from model, but is 3 to 5 days each.

“We offer consumers a transparent product, with a positive story behind it, to tell. Buying a wallet is supporting a brand that trains and employs adults with disabilities, revaluing urban waste. Most of them already know what material the product is made of, but those who do not know it are very surprised and are also astonished to find out that the inside of the sachet is black, ”explains its creator.

A cylinder-shaped bag in black and white, another of Jessica Pullo's sustainable designs

With an experience of six years in the world of sustainable fashion, you can give your opinion on this toxic-free universe: “Big changes are being made towards sustainable fashion; there is a lot to do and above all not to generate confusion about what is sustainable and what seems sustainable but it is not, that is a training and information problem ”.

Likewise, the designer adds that lack of support from government institutions to promote sustainable fashion projects In our country. “From the users there are many people who are starting to become aware but consumers continue to compare the prices of an unsustainable garment with a sustainable garment and I think that there is the error. Clean production has a higher cost because it is not enslaving the worker, nor predating the environment and that is where the assessment that has to begin to emerge from conscious consumption resides ”.



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