Johor designer makes snacky handbags from recycled plastics

A fashion designer from Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru recently shared online photos of her handbags made from recycled packaging once used to wrap iconic Malaysian snacks, namely Hup Seng crackers and Gardenia bread.
A fashion designer from Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru recently shared online photos of her handbags made from recycled packaging once used to wrap iconic Malaysian snacks, namely Hup Seng crackers and Gardenia bread.

A fashion designer from Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru recently shared online photos of her handbags made from recycled packaging once used to wrap iconic Malaysian snacks, namely Hup Seng crackers and Gardenia bread.

Known as Wan’s Handmade, the Johorean fashion designer shared a Facebook post on June 12, citing her love for Hup Seng crackers, which according to her originated in Johor Bahru.

Woman holding a clasp handbag made with Hup Seng Cream Crackers’ packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Facebook
Woman holding a clasp handbag made with Hup Seng Cream Crackers’ packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Facebook

“Hup Seng is a brand from Batu Pahat,” the Facebook post began, featuring photos of a woman holding a clasped handbag adorned with Hup Seng cream crackers’ packaging.

“Hup Seng was founded in the 1950s by four brothers. They were still selling pastries and cookies from a van. Hup Seng crackers appeared in 1958, and it’s still so deeply loved by everyone,” it read. It has been shared by more than 4,400 people so far.

Indeed, founded in 1957, Hup Seng is one of the oldest snack-manufacturing companies in Malaysia.

Wan also shared photos online of a crossbody bag made using Gardenia’s classic white bread packaging. 

Both works are part of a collection aptly called “Recycled Bags.”

 Woman carrying a crossbody bag with Gardenia’s classic white bread packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Facebook
Woman carrying a crossbody bag with Gardenia’s classic white bread packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Facebook

The fashion designer isn’t new to snacky crafts. Last year, she also created clasp purses made from recycled potato chips packaging.

Clasp purses made from recycled potato chips packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Instagram
Clasp purses made from recycled potato chips packaging. Photo: Wan’s Handmade /Instagram

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