Neng Kho Razali turns used GrabFood delivery bags into school bags


While many are struggling to make a living during this pandemic, Malaysians are constantly looking for ways to help each other in every way possible.

That is the case with fashion brand Neng Kho Razali who went beyond helping the needy with their recent partnership with Grab Malaysia. They converted hundreds of used GrabFood delivery bags into reusable school bags for children, thereby reducing pollution through a recycling initiative.


Fashion designer Neng Kho Razali partners with Grab


Used GrabFood delivery bags
Image credit: @NENGKHORAZALI

On 5th July 2021, Malaysian fashion brand Neng Kho Razali updated its Facebook page with details of a partnership with Grab Malaysia dubbed ‘Upcycling Delivery Bags’. The recycling initiative, launched by Grab in December 2020, uses old and used delivery bags to benefit school children and Grab’s driver-partners nationwide.

Neng Kho Razali behind the scenes of designing school bags
Image credit: @NENGKHORAZALI 

Designer Neng Kho Razali is one of the partners of this programme who helped Grab convert 200 used delivery bags into 400 items such as school bags, pencil cases and fanny packs, among others. These upcycled items were donated to Yayasan Anak Yatim and Tadika Istika Jaya orphanages, SK Long Pelutan primary school, and Grab’s driver-partners.


Turning used delivery bags into reusable school bags


Usable parts of GrabFood delivery bags
Image credit: @NENGKHORAZALI 

Neng Kho Razali’s innovative creations have gathered a lot of attention on social media with followers asking more about the initiative and how to purchase the items she created out of the used delivery bags. On 8th July 2021, they updated their Facebook page with behind-the-scenes footage of the items they made, explaining the process that goes into the making of the items.

The upcycling process starts with the sanitization of the used bags. Then, the original material is ripped off and segregated into usable and worn out parts. The usable parts are then cleaned before turning them into other items such as school bags, pencil cases, fanny packs, and tote bags.

Reusable school bags by Neng Kho Razali
Image credit: @NENGKHORAZALI 

Neng Kho Razali also clarified that the items are not for sale as they are part of a recycling initiative by Grab and they are meant to be donated to underprivileged school children.


Neng Kho Razali gives used GrabFood delivery bags a second life


It’s refreshing to see that designers can innovatively turn a used product into something new by giving them a second life. It is indeed a commendable effort. We hope the public and other industry players will be inspired by this zero-waste initiative and come up with more ideas to reduce waste in Malaysia.

*Note: The Smart Local Malaysia has reached out to Neng Kho Razali for additional comments on how they feel about this project. We will update this piece later if they get back to us.

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Cover image adapted from: @NENGKHORAZALI  and @NENGKHORAZALI 

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