Every nine months, GrabFood delivery riders are required to return their used bags for new replacements
Instead of discarding them, these used bags are upcycled into merchandise that is donated to those in need.
Sarawak fashion label Neng Kho Razali has teamed up with Grab to turn these used delivery bags into school bags, pencil cases, and bags to store money or masks.
Once the delivery bags are sent to them, they start by sanitising each one, then they rip them up and separate them into usable and worn-out piles
The usable parts are then soaked, washed, and dried. Once they've fully dried, the items are cut, sewn, and put together to make the different products.
Making the items is not always a walk in the park though, as some bags come in unusable conditions while others require extra cleaning and effort to remove stickers and such.
The initiative, which was launched last year, has converted over 200 old GrabFood bags into 400 items
So far, they've donated them to Yayasan Anak Yatim and Tadika Istika Jaya orphanages, as well as SK Long Pelutan school and Grab drivers.
"Before this, this bag served the people in the city. I thought why don't I take this opportunity to produce something that benefits those who need it? What items do they really need right now? There are some school students who cannot afford to buy school bags. Some of them share or exchange bags when going to school," Neng Kho shares in an interview with TVS.
"So from there came the idea to produce school bags for the less fortunate," the founder explains.
She shares her surprise at how many customers have since requested to purchase the upcycled items. However, in a recent Facebook post, the company says that they're not up for sale.
Some time back, a dad made a school bag for his son out of raffia string because he couldn't afford to buy one: