EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent de Paul is making use of damaged donations with their new UPSMART brand.
They use damaged cargo pants and leather jackets to make bags.
The up-cycling is helping to create jobs. St. Vincent de Paul plans to outsource the production to areas with poor employment rates.
The use of up-cycled materials also make them environmentally friendly and cost-friendly.
“Coming up with the idea, and then I streamlined the design to be able to be cost effective in its production locally so that it can produce a product that’s actually really affordable for people to buy at our St. Vinnie’s store,” said Mitra Chester, St. Vincent de Paul.
The bags, and other items in the up-cycled UPSMART brand, will be sold at the St. Vincent de Paul store on Oak Street.