Mariam Hazem

Mariam Hazem

EGYPT
Reform Studio
DESIGN
ENVIRONMENT
Weaves plastic bags into contemporary design objects.

‘Approximately one million plastic bags are handed out every minute around the world, but here in Egypt only a fraction of people recycle them,’ says Mariam Hazem, 23, the co-founder of Reform Studio, set up to create high-design objects out of low-grade plastic bags. Mariam wanted to find an immediate way to put the ubiquitous bags found by roadsides and in landfill to good use. ‘Recycling consumes energy and resources,’ she notes, ‘but this can be avoided by directly upcycling the bags in new products we design.’

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