By: Jane Hong
Have you ever wondered what happens to the 14th Street Y banners when we’re done with them? They’re not thrown away. They’re reused and upcycled by Vaya Bags in Queens. Vaya Bags uses leftover canvas scraps and used bicycle tubes donated from local businesses to make their goods. Maybe you remember seeing them at the 14th Street Y Green Fair? Our own Executive Assistant, Marissa Rosenblum, likes their backpacks so much she bought one. She uses it almost daily and brought it with her on her trip to Europe.
So what do Vaya Bags do with our banners? They use them as stiffeners.
This is their Handlebar bag.
The 14th Street Y is proud to support and be involved with local businesses like Vaya Bags while keeping waste out of landfills. Thank you to Tia and the Vaya team for the photos.