Ragbag was founded in 2005 by designer and entrepreneur Siem Haffmans after a trip to Delhi for a conference on sustainable design. During his stay in Delhi, fate crossed paths with Anita and Shalabh Ahuja, founders of Conserve India, who had developed an innovative process to convert plastic bags into colorful bags. Inspired by this meeting, Siem asked designer Ellen Sillekens to create a collection of bags. A few years later, our own workshop was started in the south of India. Since then, the Ragbag collection has expanded to include the collection made from recycled tea bags.
Ragbag products are made from wasted materials collected by ‘rag pickers’ in India. The collected teabags are cleaned and processed into new products with a higher value, or ‘upcycling’.
Ragbag is a brand that follows fair trade principles. We pay a fair price for our products, so that the ragpickers, the people in the workshop and their families have a good income.
The bags for Ragbag are designed by talented Dutch designers. These designers contribute to the unique style and creativity of Ragbag’s products, making them both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.
Ragbag has won several awards:
The heart of Ragbag’s creative production lies in the south of India. Here the ‘rag pickers’ work to collect large tea bags, also called ‘big-bags’, from various tea factories, restaurants and hotels. While the women are busy washing and cutting the material, the men are sewing the bags with care and precision.More about the production