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“ORIBAGS INNOVATIONS (U) LTD” is a private enterprise initiated by a research institution and local NGO to manufacture hand-made paper bags, printing paper and jewellery from agricultural wastes including wheat straw, elephant grass and other natural fibres. Oribags offers an eco-friendly alternative to polythene bags and empowers women entrepreneurs.

Oribags Innovations, established in 2008, is a social and environmental enterprise that manufactures hand-made paper bags, printing paper and jewellery from agricultural wastes. It recovers waste paper and natural fibres in an environmentally-friendly way to transform them into products for the local market. Agricultural waste is collected and purchased from local farmers and other groups. The raw material is processed at the incubation centre of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). At present, the products are marketed locally and primarily sold to supermarkets and small craft and gift shops. The paper bags provide a better alternative to the environmentally-hazardous polythene bags used in packaging. 

  • Establish an Oribags paper processing pilot plant that will process 40 tons of paper pulp per day in order to diversify and scale-up the existing range of products.
  • Extend the initiative’s marketing activities to commercialise Oribags’ products regionally and on the national market.
  • Train youth and women in the region in paper making and other entrepreneurship skills.
  • Enhance the management capacity of Oribags Innovations.


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