Fikay – recycled fashion

Who’d have thought a cement bag could be turned into such mighty fine recycled accessories. This new range by Fikay Eco Fashion is produced by local villagers, they’re paid a fare wage, to support their communities. Fikay is run by socially minded Students (who are winning lots of awards while they’re at it). The company’s aim is to make a ‘positive, sustainable impact on communities in poverty by employing local producers’. Fikay Eco Fashion also donates Bricks to help build schools in the producing communities. People over profit.

Fair, Individual pieces that are Kind to the Environment, take social Action and say Yes

Social Enterprise: Chris Haughton’s Fair Trade Rugs

[slideshow]It was Fairtrade fortnight from the 27th February to 11th March and there were lots of events at The People’s Supermarket. I went to one on ‘Fair Trade in Design’.

Ki’pe’peo Designs were there on March 5th, they produce handmade cards from recycled material, made by women in Kenya. They had a challenge, they were looking for new designs something more contemporary but needed the women to still be able to make them by hand and for them to remain authentic. What a perfect pairing with Chris Haughton who’s an incredible designer and illustrator (and also an author of award winning childrens books). He was there talking about Node and kindly agreed to help Ki’pe’peo. You can see initial results in the gallery above, a sneak preview before they go on sale. Photos are by Carolin Weinkopf.

Chris has always been active in fair trade and Node was set up, as images of his rug designs became popular on the web, and were picked up on lots of blogs: ‘designers were emailing to ask if they could design their own rugs and buyers were emailing to ask if they could buy them. Node was set up to help facilitate this.’

Node’s aim is to connect a global network of designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers, so beautiful unique handmade rugs can be created. Employees are given fair wages and taught literacy & skills. Their work also help support a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen. The rugs are doing a whole lot of good #socent