In some parts of Canada, milk is sold in strong, UV resistant plastic bags that will not disintegrate in landfills. Sleeping mats made from those discarded milk bags have been made long before Kleinburg resident Angela Kesthely started to make them. In 2008, a chance meeting during her son’s basketball game introduced her to this “up-cycling” project. She began to promote it and was invited to the “eco-day” of a local school to speak about “up-cycling” in front of over 1000 students and staff. The school got on board and Angela’s project took off.
It all started with making mats to be used as mattresses or, table covers for surgery use. It did not stop there. The plastic outer shells of 4 litre milk bags don’t disintegrate in landfills; they are strong, colourful and can be transformed into a multitude of products other than mats, such as door mats, purses, totes, handbags, slippers, shoes…
The project got the official “MILKBAGSunlimited” name following the devastating Haitian Earthquake of 2010. This is when helping with the relief effort in Haiti became the main focus for the group.
While saving the planet from the discarded, non-recyclable milk bags, the team headed by Angela also realized that by giving people the tools and the coaching, income opportunities could be created: MILKBAGSunlimited became a source to micro-entrepreneurship.
- Providing finished milk bag mattresses made by volunteers to people who have nothing but bare earth or cardboard to sleep on.
- Collect and send much needed supplies such as wheelchairs, crutches, toys, school supplies, tools…to needy countries. We work very closely with Canadian Food for Children the renowned charity founded by Dr Andrew Simone and his wife Joan and are also associated with Pan Missions Canada.
- Creating micro-entrepreurships around the world to allow families to have a source of income. When people, mainly women, are able to make money, they can buy food, clothing and other family necessities.
The micro-entrepreneurs create long lasting craft items that are sold locally ….
MILKBAGSunlimited is spearheaded by Angela Kesthely, under the auspices of Pan Missions a registered Canadian charity founded by Annette Vickers Canada in 1997.
MILKBAGSunlimited has no staff; all of the people working with MILKBAGSunlimited put their time, talents and energy to promote the collection of milk bags, the production of mats, the creation of handbags and the coaching for people in needy countries to create micro-entrepreneurships.
Every donation of goods or money made to MILKBAGSunlimted finds its way to the people in the various countries where we work.
The Executive Team consists of the following people:
The Founder – Angela Kesthely
Unstoppable, she raises funds, designs patterns to be used to crochet all types of beach bags, purses , slippers and more with milk bags, teaches the necessary skills, collects boxes of bags, prepares skids for shipping, is a sought after guest speaker for the cause and still finds time to work at Dr. John Kesthely‘s dental office, look after her family and have other hobbies!
The Contact – Bettina Roth
Owner of Beauty Connections. She is a highly respected beauty industry serial entrepreneur: award winning passionate hair colorist, multi lingual translator & educator as well as affiliate marketer.
She looks after the website, answers the daily inquires , is involved in the PR and the communications for MILKBAGSunlimited.
Under the auspices of:
Pan Missions 15 Bishop Court Guelph Ontario N1G 2R8 (Reg # 852264670RR0001)