One of my girlfriends is in South Africa visiting her family and sent me this cool link to Original Tea Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa. This innovative craft and design company creates some amazing items – stationary, tableware, fabric and gifts. I especially like the 4 Bag T-Pot Stand.
So here’s why this is so cool. These folks take used tea bags and use them as the base for all of their designs. They have built this business giving local people a opportunity to start and build their own business and clientele – folks who need opportunity and a chance to make a better life for themselves. Combine that with the ingenious idea of taking used tea bags, emptying them and then re-purposing them into useful and beautiful items for sale. Sustainable, reusable, artistic, and a financial success. It’s a wonderful story.
A group of us are planning to visit South Africa in 2014 and this shop is on our list. In the meantime, I will just have to purchase a couple items. BTW, if you use tea bags, please consider saving them, breaking them down, and sending them over. Instructions.
Let’s help them out and spread the word.