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The JFF handbag project is one of the biggest ongoing initiatives whereby they collect new and used handbags containing toiletries and care items that can assist a rape victim after the initial reporting process. Their Kiddi packs are packed for children under the age of 12 and sadly make up 60% of their monthly quota. Every handbag is the beginning of a survivors new life after their ordeal and gives them hope, which is a fundamental step in recovery.

Now let’s tell you more about our powerhouse partner. Uzwelo bags are functional, stylish and affordable bags manufactured from 100% recycled waste fabric. Each unique bag is hand made by local heroes who are now earning a living that puts food on the table for their families, funds education and provides dignity and upliftment for their communities long-term.

There are approximately 15 recycled bottles per m2 of P.E.T (Plastic Extruded Textile) felt.

Features & Benefits:

  • Reduces withdrawal of non-renewable resources such as oil / fossil fuels, by using recycled content (rPET = recycled PET bottles).
  • Saves carbon emissions, water and energy and has a significantly less environmental impact than virgin fibre.
  • Propet applies international standards and best practice in their operations. Ensuring quality, environmental, social compliance and responsibility.

The entire process from raw material (PET bottles) to fabric is 100% local, ensuring support of the South African economy, the local textile industry, the circular economy and recycling economy.

Uzwelo is delighted to be part of this worthy cause.

By Purchasing a Jess Ford Uzwelo bag, you are actively choosing to be part of the solution. You are facilitating a rape survivors’ first steps to recovery. You are creating jobs, uplifting your community and reducing your impact on the environment by creating a better future for many generations to come.


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