SMPN 1, Lamongan, East Java, Indonesia



Turning Garbage into Tradable Fashion Goods

Teacher: Eni Suncayati, with overall project coordination by R. Chusnu Yuli Setyo









  1. Emma Wixted
    November 14, 2011

    Dear students at SMP1, I am a teacher and I think you have all designed a wonderful project. It is so creative and innovative. What have you done with the bags you have made? Would you be able to sell these projects to raise money for some type of project to save the environment? I know my students in Scarsdale will get many ideas from your creative work.
    Mrs. Wixted, Scarsdale Middle School, NY, USA

  2. Ashley S.
    November 15, 2011

    I think reducing waste into fashionable clothing is great. I would love if you could make a video showing how to make clothes out of waste.

  3. Laura C.
    November 15, 2011

    Personally, I think that this is a great way to make use of waste. It would be nice and really interesting if you actually wore the clothing on a daily basis, and distributed them.

  4. Jordan
    November 16, 2011

    My passions in life include saving the environment and fashion. These fashionable bags take both my passions into consideration. IN Scarsdale, we face the same issues of preserving our environment that you face in Indonesia. I wish that our school would try something cool like yours! I would love to have a bag made out of garbage that is actually cute and stylish!

  5. Eric R
    November 16, 2011

    I learned that garbage isn’t useless and many citizens and Scarsdale take throwing away garbage for granted. Most people don’t realize that we can recycle and reuse garbage by turning it into bags and other useful items as oppose to throwing away our garbage in landfills where it can hurt the environment.

  6. Alyssa J
    November 16, 2011

    I think it is really amazing how trash can be made into things we may use in the future. In Scarsdale we throw away lots of trash and it usually ends up in our landfill.

  7. Scottie B.
    November 16, 2011

    I think that it is very cool that you took everyday items that have been thrown away and turn them into something useful. In Scardale, we have problems with recycling because a lot of people don’t have time to recycle. If people knew how to make things like you did, it would be a great way to save money while saving the environment.

  8. Amanda R
    November 16, 2011

    Your project was worth while to look at because creating those bags out of plastic wrappers is a way to keep a ton of plastic out of landfills. The bags look like they are somewhat easy to create and can be used everyday instead of bags you would have to buy at a store. I loved your project!

  9. November 16, 2011

    I didn’t realize that the children in Indonesia are trying to help the planet and keep there country sustainable.

  10. Patrick Dwyer
    November 16, 2011

    I learned that Lamongan, East Java and how they turned plastic garbage into plastic bags and how we can do that also. What else can you do to help the environment?

  11. Eliana Naclerio
    November 16, 2011

    Dear students at SMPN 1 in Indonesia, I am a student and I learned that your topic is about having a more clean environment. How will you make your environment a clean one? How would you spread the word about a clean environment? What are you doing to help save the environment? Many people around the world are trying the make the environment cleaner in many ways. I think it’s a good idea by turning garbage into tradable fashion goods. Eliana N, Scarsdale Middle School, NY, USA.

  12. Lindsay Kramer
    November 16, 2011

    Dear students at SM1, I am a student at Scarsdale Middle School and I think that this project is a great way to save landfills! I think that by reusing trash to make a helpful everyday product was very smart and I will try to do many things like this to help the environment.

  13. Alexis Z.
    November 16, 2011

    Dear students,
    I am a student at Scarsdale Middle School and I think that reusing garbage is a brilliant way to help the environment, and the bags you created were amazing. Personally, I think selling the bags in order to gain money for a charity which would help the environment would be a good idea. After reading this, I am inspired to do the same thing, and make such good creations out of trash. Do many people in your town do the same thing and use these bags? Thank you for the good idea. I really enjoyed your project!

  14. JOSIE V.
    November 16, 2011

    I love how you guys don’t waste, it really helps the earth, and they look so trendy to. That’ll be a wonderful idea for all countries.

  15. Wesley E
    November 17, 2011

    like Josie, i like how you guys recycle

  16. Olivia B.
    November 20, 2011

    I think that is a great idea. You guys are really creative! America should make more things like that. It is a great way to recycle. It really helps the earth. I think they actually look pretty. I love the colors!

  17. Yuan Edo R.
    November 20, 2011

    Dear everyone,

    I am student at SMPN 1 Lamongan (and one of the creators of this project). Thank you for your wonderful comments. My classmates and I appreciate them very much.

    To Alexis Z.: Yes, many people use these bags. There are many recycling factories in my town.

    To Honorable Mrs. Emma Wixted: Thank you for your comment and your attention to this project. Yes, we sell these bags for environmental projects at our school, and we are able to do it.

    Yuan Edo Ramadhana, SMPN 1 Lamongan, Indonesia

  18. P.S. from Faircrest
    November 22, 2011

    I like the idea of this!!!! During the summer I saw that people took mini cereal labels and truned them into vests. Well done!!!

  19. skyler
    November 22, 2011

    That’s awesome. I’m going to have to try this.

  20. Nathan M.
    November 22, 2011

    This idea will reduce landfills and provide more living area. It also puts new fashion on the market. Great!

  21. luke N
    November 22, 2011

    I loved that this project had a great cause.

  22. N B.
    November 22, 2011

    What have you done with the bags look really cool. This is a great idea of recycling for anyone even though some people think it’s a waste. I think it should be a law that you have to recycle things that can be recycled.

  23. Kyle R
    November 22, 2011

    I will have to try this too. I never really gave it a thought that you could use trash to create those kind of things.

  24. Austin
    November 22, 2011

    How long did it take to turn garbage into tradable bags?

  25. FMMS
    November 22, 2011

    I like the bags! They are so new and neat! Were they hard to make? Are they really clean and durable?

  26. Iekram, Naufal, Willy, and Fery (Oemar Diyan students)
    November 22, 2011

    This is a really good idea!

  27. Jake S
    November 28, 2011

    I think this is a great idea. Instead of buying expensive products that produce waste, use products that save our envirorment. Good work, East Java.

  28. Emily.P
    November 28, 2011

    I think that it is an amazing idea and it will help the environment and help the world .

  29. Jonathan T
    November 28, 2011

    I was very interested to learn that you could make bags from garbage. I really enjoyed looking at this project and it made me think about garbage in a way I never had before because I thought garbage was just garbage and didn’t realize that garbage could actually be useful. This was a great idea. How long did it take to make them?

  30. Alyssa M
    November 28, 2011

    I love the idea of taking trash and changing it into something fashionable. It is very creative. It is a fun way to recycle.

  31. Andressa O
    November 28, 2011

    This is a wonderful idea! This idea will reduce landfill. Congratulations!

  32. Katie
    November 28, 2011

    Hello everyone. This was a good way to keep the earth green. Keep doing this because that was a very good idea.

  33. Daniel M
    November 28, 2011

    I think that the idea of turning garbage into reusable plastic bags is a great idea. The trash you used to make your bags would have just gone to waste if you hadn’t had that great idea. I also noticed that you have cheetos in Indonesia, like we do in the USA. Your labels are different than ours, though.

  34. liam from hudson
    November 28, 2011

    I think converting waste into clothing is very smart. I think it will make it possible for people who don’t have clothing to get clothing. πŸ™‚

  35. zach and chad from hudson
    November 28, 2011

    That would be cool. Your idea is great. Make sure to make reusable flat top hats.

  36. Tommy From Hudson MA
    November 28, 2011

    This is so cool! I wish I knew how to do that. By the way these are fashionable.

  37. Shangrani Ayom Lyberta A.
    December 3, 2011

    To all, I’m a student at SMPN 1 Lamongan. Thanks for your comments. They are encouraging us to be more creative and continue to recycle our garbage in order to help reduce global warming whose effects will be devastating for our planet. That’s why we have to keep doing what we can to protect our environment. Maybe someday we will create a video to show how to make a bag from plastic πŸ™‚
    Thank you πŸ™‚
    Shangrani Ayom Lyberta A.SMPN 1 Lamongan, Indonesia

  38. Fakkaru Jabarrahman H. (Faruk P.)
    December 3, 2011

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. Recycling is also great for the planet. It takes items that would just sit in a landfill, taking years to degrade and break down, and turns them into new products. The life of an item that can be recycled can go on and on. From its creation this recyclable item begins a long life that may take on many forms. For example, an old used pop bottle may not become a pop bottle again. It may instead become part of a child’s toy or even part of a car. As you can see, recycling goes way beyond traditional uses and explores new ways to make recycled items more useful. We will increase many ideas for recycling garbage.

    Again, thank you very much for your comments ^_^
    Fakkaru Jabarrahman H. of SMPN 1 Lamongan in Indonesia

  39. December 3, 2011

    Hey everybody! Thank you for your amazing comments! Like what Shangrani said, we have a plan to make a video to help you try recycling garbage into useful things like a bag. And once you have tried, maybe you can share your photos of recycling the garbage with us.

  40. Kukuh Prakoso
    December 4, 2011

    Hey all!!! Thanks for your wonderful comments. Indeed, with an artistic touch, garbage can change into wonderful things. We appreciate receiving your encouraging comments and suggestion.Thank you very much.
    Kukuh Prakoso of SMPN 1 LAMONGAN INDONESIA

  41. Ahmad Zulfikar Murad
    December 4, 2011

    Hey all, thank you very much for your amazing comments on our project about recycling garbage to turn it into something useful and wonderful. Thank you very much again.
    Ahmad Zulfikar Murad of SMPN 1 Lamongan in INDONESIA

  42. Dea Angelia
    December 5, 2011

    Wonderful job, friends. It is an inspirational project for everybody. I like it.

    Salam kenal

    Dea Angelia (SMPN 3 Sugio)

  43. Daniel B
    December 8, 2011

    This would be a great idea! It would be cool if we can make this happen.

  44. Abigail Dewitt
    December 8, 2011

    I think this is a great idea. It would reduce waste and make clothes.

  45. Tyler Garner, Callisburg
    December 8, 2011

    I’ve seen people with bags made out of juice boxes. I didn’t think that they were REAL juice boxes that were recycled.

  46. catherine
    December 8, 2011

    This is a very interesting way to recycle.

  47. February 26, 2012

    Hey, I’m SMPN 1 Lamongan student. I am in the 9th grade. Thanks for giving comments here. I’m so happy reading your encouraging comments.
    Novia Rahmawati

  48. Kukuh prakoso
    February 27, 2012

    We will try to make more wonderful item from recyled garbage.

  49. Syahrinaldi Erlangga
    February 27, 2012

    Well done! you made it awesome and that’s great way to save our earth from global warming.
    go on and improve your idea πŸ™‚

    Syahrinaldi Erlangga (SMPN 1 Lamongan)

  50. Shela Rizky Tarinda
    February 29, 2012

    I am a student from SMPN1 Lamongan. Thanks for the wonderful comments πŸ™‚
    We would like to make a video to share with you soon πŸ™‚

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