ECO-MOCHILAS: HELPING TO PROTECT HABITAT FOR COTTON-TOP TAMARINS
An “eco-mochila” is a traditional bag used in Colombia that is hand-made by women in the village of Los Limites, near Proyecto Tití’s field site in Santa Catalina, Colombia. It is hand-made and created entirely from recycled plastic bags. The production of these bags helps to reduce the amount of plastic in the local landfills and to create a sustainable local economy that minimizes their impact on the natural resources of the area. Eco-mochilas generate income that helps women support their families while reducing their dependency on forest resources.
Purchase an eco-mochila today to support local Colombian communities the conservation of the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.
COTTON-TOP TAMARIN PLUSH
Local artisans in Colombia have created this plush cotton-top tamarin as a way to generate income for their families instead of capturing monkeys for the illegal pet trade.
Purchase a plush tamarin today to support local Colombian communities the conservation of the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.
ASOARTESANAS is a women's artisans cooperative. After receiving training on small business management and how to make eco-mochilas and cotton-top tamarin toys, these women engage their entire community in the process of making bags and plush toys. Everyone in the village helps collect plastic bags so they can be reused and crocheted into eco-mochilas. One eco-mochila is made of 100-120 plastic bags.
To date, ASOARTESANAS has recycled more than 3 million plastic bags and has recently been awarded the Equator Prize and Received Special Recognition in Waste and Pollution Management by the United Nations Development Program.