Dirty Girls takes the materials from discarded life jackets and upcycles them into messenger bags. The life jackets have been worn by people, fleeing war and inhumane conditions, making the treacherous sea crossing from Turkey to Lesvos in overcrowded flimsy boats. The jackets are filled with fake life preserving material, which means they won’t save people’s lives; they are just fake life jackets. Every jacket used represents a person who has survived a journey that too many haven’t.


We take the colourful outer material and make messenger bags. Each bag has a different, one off design; representing the fact that each refugee is a person with an individual life story. Bags have material selected from at least three of four jackets and are padded with pieces from the inside of jackets to give protection for computers and tablets.

Upcycling the material means that it will not end up in landfill to eventually produce greenhouse gases.
Recognising the economic hardships that Greece is undergoing, we pay local people a very fair price to make the bags.
Revenue from bags is used for washing blankets for the comfort, warmth and health of people who are now forced to live in camps in Greece because the borders to the rest of Europe have been firmly closed

The Dirty Girls Messenger Bags are available, and can be sent worldwide, with a donation of €100
When ordering your bag, please add a delivery address. Remember that each bag is an individual design, but if you have a strong colour preference let us know.
Carrying your bag will demonstrate and open conversations about your support for people who have become refugees.
Bags with a message.