The puzzled looks on travellers faces when we all stand at the baggage carousel always amuses me. I know what they are thinking: "which bag is mine.´ Have you noticed bag wheelies are so plain black and popular that people often get confused.
I don´t. I have a big bright Doy Tag attached to mine. It doesn´t just let me know which is my bag, it also is part of a great story about making a difference.
THE DOY STORY
Doy Bags are a range of luggage tags as well as bags, purses and accessories made from recycled juice packs – non-biodegradable foil and plastic packaging that would otherwise go into landfill sites and incinerators.
Doy Bags are made in the Philippines by a women’s cooperative, the "Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative´ based near Manila. The cooperative produces approximately 500,000 bags and household items per year, preventing many millions of juice packs from being burnt, buried or simply littering the streets and waterways.
Almost all the women are their family’s main bread winners, and have 4-6 children, thus working for the cooperative makes a real difference, elevating families from extreme poverty to a decent life. Functioning as a sort of extended family enterprise, the cooperative also employs 11 young men as drivers, packers and warehousemen.
The fruit names and pictures on the tags and bags are the types grown in the Philippines. Guyabano (‘Soursop’ in English) is a spiny green pear-shaped fruit that has a sweet-sour taste and can weigh up to 5 kilos. Calamansi is a citrus fruit a bit like a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. It is orange-yellow and the juice tastes rather like lemonade. Dalandan, another citrus fruit, is a kind of tangy orange. The juice is said to be very good for you!
Get your own Doy and lets make a difference — to the Philipino people and to carousel sress! More information visit www.doybags.com