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. 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 Messenger Bags(1) and Shopping Bags (2) are available, and can be sent worldwide, with a donation of €100 for one Messenger Bag or two Shopping Bags. When ordering your bag(s), please add a delivery address and note which type of bag. Remember that each bag is an individual design. Carrying your bag will demonstrate and open conversations about your support for people who have become refugees.
Dirty Girls collaborates with the social enterprise, Love Welcomes, which initiated and maintain a weaving project with refugees in Greece.
Welcome Mats 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.
Contact us if you are an individual or group interested in raising awareness and donations through this project.