In BioMar Chile, most aquafeed maxi bags are sent to recycling. However, some feed bags have been set aside for a capacity building initiative to support local communities in repurposing them.
In conjunction with the FUE foundation, a training project was carried out for the indigenous community to learn how to transform maxi bags into new products. Each month, BioMar delivers a small amount of feed bags to the foundation, from which the indigenous community makes waterproof cloaks (ponchos), grocery bags or even backpacks.
As the project scales up, it is hoped that this initiative can provide local communities with new skills in sewing and hand-making crafts and an additional income as they will be able to sell them to tourists and at local fairs.
With each maxi-bag up to 10 grocery bags can be made.