CASC8 was born out of the desire to create something useful from the waste we produce as humans today.
Plastic waste dominates the landscape in Gujarat, North east India, where most plastic trash gets burnt out in the open releasing toxic fumes or like in so many other places, ends up getting dumped into the ocean.
As a reaction to the damaging situation, a small-scale socio economic initiative was started by a group of
artisan women: They collect, segregate, wash and strip neglected plastic, which they then weave on traditional pit looms and framed wooden looms, ultimately turning waste into a strong and useful material. A skill easily taught to neo-weavers.
While they respond to an increasing destruction of the environment, it’s also a way of preserving traditional craft and culture which generates an income on various levels for locals.
Finally the woven plastic is made into handcrafted bags, combining the plastic with other upcycled materials from factories and companies surplus stock.
The ‘one-off’ products of CASC8, each tell a story about how plastic waste weaving has the potential to recycle some of the plastic trash floating around while spreading a message about the bleak reality of our destructive consumer habits.
Casc8 is run by Sara Terp Hansen, a Central St. Martins MA graduate, who previously worked at Celine.