These bags have been manufactured in Thailand by a worker-run cooperative called Solidarity. At their former Bed and Bath factory, workers reported they were given amphetamines in drink containers so they could work through the night.
In 2002, all these workers lost their jobs after the factory owner fled the country with their wages. After successfully fighting for compensation, 35 Bed and Bath workers formed their own cooperative.
The bags are on sale now in Oxfam shops around Australia or you can buy the bags online and support the cooperative.
The bag came to being through our design it for labour rights competition held in July 2007. Congratulations to Jacqui Ma on her winning entry.