It all started in Mexico, in 2004, with a family vacation. Ecoist was born after the founders came across beautiful handbags made out of candy wrappers and potato chip bags while in Mexico. The Miami-based company now creates accessories ranging from handbags to jewelry out of post-consumer waste.
By partnering with major brands such as Frito-Lay, Mars, Aveda and Coca-Cola, Ecoist products feature innovative, stylish and quality designs with eye-catching recycled packaging. The wrappers used include packaging that has been misprinted, or obsolete packaging that would otherwise be thrown away.
Items include coin purses made out of M&Ms wrappers, bracelets with bar code designs, and reusable shopping bags that help reduce plastic waste. The handbags, for which Ecoist is best known, are 100% handmade with recycled materials. In addition to candy wrappers and food packaging, the materials include subway maps, newspapers, soda labels and others bound for the landfill.
Ecoist's upcycled products have helped reduce packaging waste by saving 40 million wrappers from landfills. And for every handbag sold, Ecoist plants a tree.
As leading providers of sustainable packaging solutions, Heritage Pioneer is always excited to hear of innovative ways in which recycled packaging is being used every day. Contact us today for more information on our sustainable packaging.