Lila Mankad – Bayou City Bags
Two eleven year olds, Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad, decided to do something about the plastic bags clogging the bayous through their neighborhood park in Houston. Picking up litter did not work because every rain swept in new layers of trash. So, they decided to go to the very root of the problem.
As part of a comprehensive strategy, they have partnered with women refugees to upcycle used cloth into beautiful, reusable bags as an alternative to plastic bags. By selling the bags, they are creating a virtuous cycle of employment, recycling, and ecological health. The bags also help spread the word for the bag-free bayous campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in the city and their supporters are leading by setting an example for reuse.