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Belts are also produced by people at the cooperative, which is also planning to incorporate new colorful designs.

After the 2001 economic crisis that hit Argentina, thousands of people that had lost their jobs were pressed to learn how to survive by collecting and selling urban rubbish to local recycling centers. These “independent urban recyclers” — now better known locally as “cartoneros” — have emerged over the last decade to hold a strong presence in Buenos Aires, even forming cooperatives set on developing trade skills and providing basic education to the community. One such organization is the Cooperativa Nuevamente at Morón. Thanks to an initiative kicked off by Waste For Life — who has been cultivating the idea since 2007 and recently donated a heat press machine — the people at the Cooperativa have learned the skills necessary to start producing their own eco-friendly products for sale. The products they produce in fact sell at a higher price than would have otherwise been received if they sold the material at its weight value.

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