Cambodian Recycled Bags

Recycled Style

The inspiration for these vibrant bags hit Nyla Jano (left) during a trip to one of Cambodia’s night markets. There she met Sothea Yung, who noticed that food bags weren’t being properly disposed of and were piling up in rural farmland communities. She re-made these food bags into stylish travel bags, and their sales generate revenue for local farmers and their families. Nyla loved the strong, colorful materials, and Sothea offered her the chance to design her own bags.

Nyla’s bags are sewn by Cambodian artisans. In their hands, the simple food bags are transformed into stunning tote bags, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags. The recycled materials are bright and colorful -- but the vibrant graphics aren’t the only appeal of the fabric. It’s also incredibly durable, lightweight, and water resistant, which is ideal for travel bags.

Nyla named her company Torrain, which is a combination of the word “terrain” and the phrase “to rain,” which symbolizes the rise and fall of the earth’s life-sustaining cycles. Torrain bags perfectly capture the spirit of travel, the resourcefulness of creative people, and the importance of designing with conscience.
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Torrain  - Recycled Bags from Cambodia
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Nyla

    Hi everyone, I was having trouble merging my respect for our earth and our humanity with my career as a clothing designer. Upon traveling to Cambodia in between jobs, I was inspired to create Torrain; a brand that merges style with a global conscience. Torrain products are chic and stylish and are made from recycled materials. Torrain also employs artisans in Cambodia and assures their pay, work conditions and hope for a better future. I am here to answer any questions you may have and to encourage you to Defend Your Turf!

  • Gail van den Berg
    Gail van den Berg
    3/30/2012 1:20 PM

    What fiber is used to make the bags re-made into your products?

  • Nyla
    Nyla – Special Guest
    3/30/2012 1:30 PM

    @Gail van den Berg:

    the original material of the bags is woven plastic which is not altered. so the exterior of torrain bags is woven plastic, we line them with a cotton/ nylon blend.

  • An Angry American
    An Angry American
    3/30/2012 1:29 PM

    There are so many products in THIS country that need to be recycled, that I cannot understand why you would not want to give jobs to the unemployed here...This disgusts me....

    I do not wish you well with this venture....

  • Nyla
    Nyla – Special Guest
    3/30/2012 1:32 PM

    @An Angry American:

    A US-made line is in development. I believe everyone should be helped and materials recycled everywhere, domestically and abroad.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/30/2012 1:55 PM

    @An Angry American: Wouldn't it be wonderful if you used your passion to start a product line that employs Americans? We'd be the first to want to hear about it! You'd be especially interested in Grommet stories such as American MoJo or Blue Moon Bottles

  • Kristin
    3/30/2012 2:28 PM

    Nyla Jano, first I applaud your search to merge your career with your core beliefs. Second, I applaud your willingness to meet the common needs of humans not exclusively Americans. Keep up the good work.

  • Nobody
    3/30/2012 2:18 PM

    Nyla Jano is a visionary, great product and awesome message.

  • Kate
    3/30/2012 2:24 PM

    I love that you put so many details and pockets in these. It makes them more functional.

  • Karen
    3/30/2012 6:30 PM

    I have a mermaid tote that I absolutely love! It is sturdy, feels nice, and looks cute. I'm just having a difficult time deciding on which others to get. Thanks, Nyla!

  • Dave
    Dave – Grommet Team
    3/31/2012 5:24 PM


  •  Jeanie
    4/1/2012 12:11 PM


    Fun looking bags! How long are the straps? I need a bag that has straps long enough to sling over my shoulder with ease. On the models, they look long enough but could you tell me how long they are from the top of the bag to the top of the shoulder spot?


  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/5/2012 6:11 PM

    @ Jeanie: Good question. Nyla has this to share: "For the Sling Bag, when strap is adjusted at longest length, it's 45 inches. She'll let us know the lengths of the other bags shortly."

  •  Mary Ann
    Mary Ann
    4/4/2012 1:06 PM

    I noticed the other day that you had elephant sling bags available, but that they are not shown today. Have they sold out? Will you be making more? I was very keen on this particular one...would like it for my vacation this year. Thank you!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/5/2012 6:18 PM

    @ Mary Ann: Since these bags are one-of-a-kind, we're not sure when the Elephant Sling bags will be available. We'll be sure to contact you directly if they make a return.

  • Mary Ann Mattox
    Mary Ann Mattox
    4/10/2012 6:09 PM

    @Chew-Hoong: Thank you so much! I would very much appreciate that :)

  •  Mary Ann Mattox
    Mary Ann Mattox
    6/28/2012 12:59 PM

    I would just like to COMMEND the customer service from this site! This is the best customer service I've ever received from a website. I mentioned that I'd like to be notified when the Elephant Sling Bag became available, and a couple of weeks later I received both a phone call and an email at the same time alerting me that they'd just gotten 2 of them in, and advised that I would need to act fast to get it. I jumped on the website and got the last one (for that day, anyway)! I am now prepared to trek around Egypt next week with my beautiful and tough sling bag.

    ---- the bag itself is AMAZING. The video/pics didn't show all the pockets all over it, AND on the inside of it as well. It's just beautiful in person, and so different looking. High quality and well made - all the seams are perfect and everything is lined up right - they took care to center the elephant image right smack in the center of it too. I've gotten it wet and it kept everything inside dry... my puppy has even accidently gotten a hold of it and it was tough enough to withstand the teeth until I could rescue it. It's very comfortable to wear, also. Very lightweight. The end of the strap is a little too long and is hanging way down, but I've folded it up and tied it with a string. I suppose I could cut it off too and seal the end with heat.

  • Mike
    4/8/2012 11:42 AM

    Please let me know when you get more of the elephant items in.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/9/2012 7:17 PM

    @Mike: The Large Tote: Sand Elephant is available to order. If you're looking for the other "Sand Elephant" bags, we'll be sure to let you know when they are back in stock. Thank you for your interest.

  • Mike
    5/7/2012 9:43 AM

    @Chew-Hoong I ordered the large tote. Please let me know about the other items, when available.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/9/2012 2:05 PM

    @Mike: The Sling Bag-Sand Elephant was very popular & just flew off the shelf. We will let you know immediately once available . Thank you for your patience & continued interest.

  •  Barbara
    5/16/2012 12:09 PM

    I'd also love to be notified when more of the Sand Elephant Sling Bags are available.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/16/2012 1:50 PM

    @ Barbara: We'll be sure to contact you directly too.

  •  Lindsay
    5/20/2012 2:54 PM

    Hi Daily Grommet Team - could you also email me when the Sand Elephant Sling Bag is available again! I'd LOVE to purchase one.

    Thank you in advance for your attention to this request.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/21/2012 2:31 PM

    @ Lindsay: You're on our list to contact once the very popular Sling Bag-Sand Elephant is back in stock. Thank you for your interest.

  •  Sandy
    6/2/2012 12:58 PM

    Would you please let me know when the elephant sling bag is back in stock?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    6/5/2012 11:08 PM

    @ Sandy: Will do.

  • Jennifer
    6/7/2012 2:30 PM

    I just received my beautiful large blue tote with fish on it and I love it. It's so well made. The lining and zipped pocket are great features. I am planning my next order! Thank you for a great product!

  •  LIn
    6/20/2012 12:08 PM

    I would also like to know when the sling bag/elephant is in stock. I also agree with the comments about providing work to the US regarding products made here and our people employed in that effort. But, I know there are needs in so many countries and I will support as many as I can. Thanks.

  •  Wilma
    6/28/2012 2:01 PM

    Hi, do the large tote bags have any kind of closing mechanism at the top?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    7/2/2012 5:13 PM

    @ Wilma: The large tote has interior pockets and back zip pocket, nylon handles, cotton lining & a zip closure. Thank you for your interest.

  •  Susan
    6/28/2012 4:46 PM

    I ordered the cloud white sling bag to use on an upcoming vacation. I just got back and I can say that this bag rocks! Not only did I get lots of compliments, I used it as my backpack during day hikes, too. Dirt, dust, water and mud just wiped away. I love all the pockets, especially the little one on the cross chest strap - perfect for lip balm! I would highly recommend these bags, lightweight, cute, versatile and easy to care for.

  •  Gail Beck
    Gail Beck
    7/19/2012 4:38 PM

    Jumping on the band wagon. Would you let me know when the cloud white sling bag is available? Thanks

  •  Gail Beck
    Gail Beck
    7/19/2012 4:40 PM

    Woops. Meant SAND ELEPHANT sling bag

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    7/20/2012 11:46 AM

    @ Gail Beck: This sling bag keeps flying off the shelf. We'll be sure to let you know once we have more. Thanks for your interest.

  •  Gail Beck
    Gail Beck
    7/20/2012 4:55 PM

    @Chew-Hoong Thanks!!

  •  Kandi
    9/2/2012 11:59 AM

    LOVE your bags. Please let me know when the Elephant Sling Bag is back in stock. Hopefully soon. :)

    Thanks so much!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/5/2012 1:06 AM

    @ Kandi: The Elephant Sling Bag is one of the most popular. Will let you know when available.

  • Jennifer
    9/5/2012 7:08 PM

    I've had my Torrain blue tote bag (with the fishes on it) for several months and it has held up beautifully. I use it more than I even thought I would. I love it.

  •  Trisha
    9/18/2012 6:00 PM

    Hello. Will you please add me to the notification list (email) for the Elephant Sling Bag. Thank you.

  •  kimberly
    9/22/2012 12:51 PM

    please ad me to the elephant tote bag waiting list to. ty

  • Barbara
    9/24/2012 11:45 PM

    Can you please let me know when you have the elephant sling bag and put me on the waiting list? Thanks

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/25/2012 12:37 AM

    @Trisha, @Kimberly & @Barbara: We'll notify you when the Elephant Sling & Tote bags are back in stock.

  •  Deb
    11/20/2012 12:33 PM

    Could you add me to the list for the Elephant bags when they become aviable again

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/20/2012 1:11 PM

    @ Deb I am sorry but we have now been told that none of the existing styles will be available again. Early next year, all new styles will be made available. The Elephant one was very popular and sold out within a very short time. Sorry.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/20/2012 1:13 PM

    @ Deb: Will do

  • roxann
    9/25/2012 12:49 PM

    please put me on the wait list for the blue sling bag 9-25-12 thank you from Evergreen Colorado

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/26/2012 1:19 AM

    @roxann romano-soper: Will do.

  •  jmjc
    10/8/2012 1:05 PM

    What are sizes? "Large" has many definitions.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/10/2012 11:49 PM

    @ jmjc: The dimensions are listed in the DETAILS tab (under video and photos) on the featured Grommet page.

  • Susan
    10/13/2012 12:41 AM

    Hello, I love your small shoulder sling bags... and would like to ask that you reinforce the small triangle of material to top of the main zipper.

    I returned the original one I because the first time I zipped it up, it came apart & I couldn't get the 'zippy' thing and the teeth back together. The 2nd one, I reinforced first.

    I'm purchasing more bags because I like your philosophy of employing women with meaningful work and reducing waste by recycling the fish food bags. Nice colors & good variety of sizes. Thank you - namaste' Susan

  •  mary
    10/18/2012 9:04 AM

    Im looking for a bag big enough for an overniter or to take with u on a plane. Since u having problems with the zipper do u have ways (velcor) to keep the bags close. Can u specify what colors u want or does it come in certain colors? How much r the different pieces? Also is the product something oilcloth material?

  •  KC
    11/13/2012 8:16 AM

    The shape of the sling bag looks like it may hold my tennis racquet, would a tennis racqet grip be able to extend from the bag?, or is is closed at the small end?

  •  KC
    11/13/2012 8:17 AM

    The shape of the sling bag looks like it may hold my tennis racquet, would a tennis racqet grip be able to extend from the bag?, or is is closed at the small end?

  • susan
    11/19/2012 12:38 PM

    Will you have any more large totes? All appear to be out of stock now.

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/19/2012 11:02 PM

    @susan hall yes many of the large are out of stock, though a few of the styles are still available. Hopefully one of those might be to your liking.

    thank you very much.

  •  PMY
    11/19/2012 10:36 PM

    I'm really sorry you had so many nasty comments. I applaud the work you are doing far and near!

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/19/2012 10:52 PM

    @ PMY thank you for your encouraging words. They are appreciated.

  • Betty
    11/20/2012 8:13 AM

    I was looking to get a Large Tote: Sand Elephant as a Christmas gift but they are out of stock! Do you know when more will be avalable?

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/20/2012 1:08 PM

    @Betty Chase The only large that will be available for the holiday season are those that are still in stock. Come early next year, there will be more stock, but some of the styles will never be available again (and we don't know how many of the styles that is.)

  •  Dana
    11/20/2012 11:16 AM

    Can you make yoga bags to carry mats? Nice looking ones are so expensive in the US, and I think they'd look great in this recycled material.

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/20/2012 1:09 PM

    @ Dana nice suggestion. We will pass that along to our Grommet Partner. Thank you.

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