sweetiepurseIt began as a way to clean up the environment and make something useful — and perhaps profitable.

The products … women’s clutches, shoulder bags and hip belts created out of candy wrappers, potato chip bags and cookie packages, are now selling on Web sites and in upscale U.S. boutiques for up to $200 apiece.

The nonprofit Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development (Grupedsac) develops initiatives near Mexico City to help lift the residents in poor communities out of poverty and into better living standards. Eventually, people in Florida admired the purses and wanted to purchase them in bulk to help the women. Sweetiepurse.com was born! … Thanks to AP for reporting on this wonderful development and providing the photo of women and colorful bags, via the Washington Post.


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