In the small village of Cantel, Guatemala, a group of 17 glass artisans joined together in 1976 and opened COPAVIC, the Recycled Glass Cooperative of Cantel. Their vision was clear and simple: To build a sustainable business for both the environment and the people.
Discarded beverage bottles and broken glass pieces are melted, tinted, and blown into a variety of new wares, including tumblers, pitchers, vases, and other household items. This process of recyce is completely done by hand. The creation of each new glassware requires at least three artisans working seamlessly together.
Started from a small loan for basic equipment, the worker-owned cooperative now has 36 artisans in the workshop, providing them and their families with living wages, insurance, education and training. Over the past 40 years, COPAVIC's pursuit of a protected environment and greater economic freedom has never ceased, as they continue to transform recycled glass into beautiful glassware.
A quiet little town on the banks of the Niger River, Segou is known as the capital of mud cloth. Textile designer Boubacar Doumbia built his workshop there 16 years ago, named it Ndomo - which means "the quest for knowledge" in local Bambara language, and welcomed young people who had no opportunity to receive formal education into his collective.
The base material of the Cloud mats and rugs are the edges of cotton fabric, cut from industrial looms. They’re “waste” – a by-product of their weaving patterns – but for the weavers at Barrydale, this raw material is an invaluable ingredient for upcycling.
100% natural and extremely durable, our newly arrived mesh bags and totes are handmade by Khmu artisans in Laos using fiber from a fast-growing vine, Pueraria phaseoloides. It is a perennial vine that self-sows, grows, and re-grows without any cultivation or human intervention, yet improves the soil it grows in.