WHO WE ARE
Our story began in the rural farmlands of Cambodia where a local lady decided to take action in her community. Farmers were not only living in poverty, but also in a toxic environment. This woman noticed that pesticides and solid waste used for the growing and shipping of cement, fish feed and other products were piling up and not being disposed of properly. She began purchasing the discarded materials from the communities and recycling it. She then employed local families to wash, dry and sew the materials into durable, water resistant and colorful tote bags.
In 2009, while visiting a night market in Cambodia, Nyla Jano noticed the recycled materials and met the wonderful Cambodian woman. They discussed the opportunity for Nyla to design her own products which, the artisans would then produce in the comfort of their communities. Upon learning the backstory of the artisans and the recycled materials, Nyla became inspired to create TORRAIN; a company that contributes to Cambodian artisans’ well being while encouraging style with a global conscience.
Since the onset of TORRAIN, Nyla has developed relationships with more artisans in Cambodia and is now employing communities who have been displaced from their farmlands or affected by landmines or polio. Nyla's designs are ever-evolving and she is currently developing a US-made line of recycled bags as well.
TERRAIN + TO RAIN = TORRAIN
The name is a combination of the word Terrain and the phrase, To Rain. In order for our earth to be fruitful, rain must fall. Just as in life, usually progress takes place in light of a fall. Torrain symbolizes this rise and fall by recycling old hazardous materials into new, vibrant products.
Even more, Torrain’s products are used for travelling which, encourages people to respect our globe, to preserve it and hopefully, to recycle.
Torrain saves energy and reduces the amount of pollutants in the environment by using natural and recycled fabrics. Packaging materials, stationary and hangtags are also 100% recycled and printed with natural dyes.
RECYCLE WITH US
Join us in developing our next line of products!
If you have a farm, big or small, we need your used plastic feed bags! Not only will you see them transformed into new, stylish products but you will be saving our land and seas from being stockpiled with more plastic… that never goes away!
TORRAIN Recycled Bags
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1817 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(access is from the alley on S Jackson)
5505 SE Mallard Way
Portland, OR 97222
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11741 SE Foster Rd
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