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Original and Ecological… The Push/Pull purse!


Meet Paulo, better known as Gregorio-praia-ipanema. He sells purses made from Coca-Cola tabs. Yes that right. So next time you’re throwing away a can, think of all the unique purses Gregorio can make! I ask him a few questions and he answers each one with a full smile, lots of humour and positivity to match… and his catchy phrase in between “originaaal, ecologikeee!”

What inspired you to start selling bags?

“My city Oruto Preto (Minas Gerias). I worked as a gold miner. When I lost my job, I started this one selling bags made from can tabs.”

On average, how long does it take to make a bag?

“About 4 to 5 hours roughly, per bag. 232 can tabs are needed for an average bag.”

How did you discover your talent?

“It’s a family buiness and I first tested it out in Rio in 1992 with 5 bags. An Italian bought all 5 bags and I’ve been here ever since!”

How can people help?

“Anyone can help by saving their can tabs. I only collect the silver lids as they are the originaaal!”

To buy purses or donate can tabs, get touch with Paulo Gregorio:

Paulo Gregorio
+55 21 7867 6165 or +55 21 8175 1944
youtube: gregoriopraiaipanema


with the main man himself!




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5 thoughts on “Original and Ecological… The Push/Pull purse!

  1. wow. did u buy 1?

    Posted by kaymartay | December 20, 2012, 5:44 am
  2. Reblogged this on startachim blog and commented:
    Poșeta viitorului…

    Posted by starchim01 | January 5, 2013, 3:35 pm

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