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Çöp (M)adam – The Garbage Ladies

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Çöp (M)adam: “Taking garbage and turning it into something fashionable and fun; even though it sounds weird.”

Çöp (M)adam produces handmade purses, wallets, accessories, and home accessories from recycled materials. The company has impacted the lives of more than 150 Turkish women, most of whom had never received a stable income prior to their work with Çöp (M)adam.

In the episode of Turkey’s Changemakers that features the company’s founder, Tara Hopkins, one woman comments happily: “Cleanliness, economic opportunity and environmental protection all [at] the same time: what could be better than this?”

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One thought on “Çöp (M)adam – The Garbage Ladies

  1. I’ve just seen a report on your work on ARD (Weltspiegel) and I’m impressed. Thanks for your heroism and for beeng an example of female power that enables many people a decent life.

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