Coffee Bags

Back in Seattle in 1994 or thereabouts I embarked on a business venture that failed miserably but I had some fun in the meantime.  I made coffee bags from coffee bean sacks.  I also made dog beds, which I filled with cedar chips.  And I made placemats, like to put your plates and cutlery on.  The name of my company, for posterity’s sake, was Ring of Fire Trading Company.

 

Well, imagine my surprise to find this woman selling bags (and other products as well) manufactured from coffee bags at a farmer’s market in downtown Seoul, South Korea.  Her name is May, or Kim Kyung min (김경민) in Korean.  

 

 

The name of her company is Hicycle.  Here are some pics to better illustrate what I am talking about.

Other products made from recycled coffee bags

Other products made from recycled coffee bags

May, who makes products from what would otherwise go into the wastebasket

May, who makes products from what would otherwise go into the wastebasket

A bag made from a coffee bean sack, just like I used to make in Seattle, 20 years ago.  This bag is from Brazil.

The farmer's market where I met May

The Seoul Farmers Market where I met May.   The bags to the right are from coffee grown in Brazil.

Tere, the Chilean, and dogs, two fox terriers, courtesy of Carla Montejo of Seattle.  That picture was taken on Lake Washington near Montlake, in about 1994 or 1995.

Tere, the Chilean, with a load of products courtesy of Ring of Fire Trading Company.  She is also carrying two fox terriers–Spencer, and I forget the other one’s name–courtesy of Carla Montejo of Seattle. That picture was taken on Lake Washington near Montlake in Seattle, in or about 1994 or 1995.  The canoe was given to Carla, who let me use it. The bags were made by a Cambodian seamstress under my supervision (not much supervision).

 

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