Dirty Girls collects life jackets and other discarded materials. Iranian and Afghan women design and sew them into One Small Bag tote bags for the shops or the beach.
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.
Every jacket used represents a person who has survived a journey that too many haven’t.
Each bag has a different, one off design; representing the fact that each refugee is a person with an individual life story.
Donations from bags are used for washing blankets.
The Dirty Girls One Small Bags are available, and can be sent worldwide, with a donation of €100 for two One Small Bags. When making your donation, please add your delivery address. Remember that each bag is an individual design. Carrying your bag will open conversations and demonstrate your support for people who have become refugees.
Dirty Girls collaborates with the social enterprise, Love Welcomes, which initiated and maintains a weaving project with refugee women in Greece.
Welcome Mats and other household items are woven from washed damaged blankets and the material from life vests.
This project serves as a symbol of acceptance and solidarity with refugees.
Dirty Girls works with refugees making bracelets from life jacket material.
Wearing a bracelet represents solidarity with refugees who benefit from donations given in exchange for them.