Meet Paulo, better known as Gregorio-praia-ipanema. He sells purses made from Coca-Cola tabs. Yes that right. So next time you’re throwing away a can, think of all the unique purses Gregorio can make! I ask him a few questions and he answers each one with a full smile, lots of humour and positivity to match… and his catchy phrase in between “originaaal, ecologikeee!”
What inspired you to start selling bags?
“My city Oruto Preto (Minas Gerias). I worked as a gold miner. When I lost my job, I started this one selling bags made from can tabs.”
On average, how long does it take to make a bag?
“About 4 to 5 hours roughly, per bag. 232 can tabs are needed for an average bag.”
How did you discover your talent?
“It’s a family buiness and I first tested it out in Rio in 1992 with 5 bags. An Italian bought all 5 bags and I’ve been here ever since!”
How can people help?
“Anyone can help by saving their can tabs. I only collect the silver lids as they are the originaaal!”
To buy purses or donate can tabs, get touch with Paulo Gregorio:
+55 21 7867 6165 or +55 21 8175 1944