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Indonesia is a land of intrigue, beauty, and deep cultural strong holds. But the uglier side of this exotic culture comes in the form of an enormous trash problem. Heaping trash found in the streets, water, and seemingly everywhere that the eye can see.
Artist Ann Wizer launched XSProject in an effort to begin to find a use for the incredible excess of consumer waste found in Indonesia’s capitol Jakarta. Her fear was that she would put the trash collectors out of business (a major employer for native Indonesians) so instead she started purchasing the trash at an above market value from the trash collectors. With the help of her team, she then began to turn the trash into all sorts of consumer items like tote bags and foot pillows. Each item is unique and made from everything from toothpaste tubes to drinking straws.