trade Showcase Profiles
Company Focus: We focus on sustainable design for social impact. We began in 2010 with the intention of creating local employment. We create original accessories and homewares by transforming 100% discarded waste magazines. Based in Swaziland, all our products are hand made at our workshop by local women artisans who are trained in-house, empowering them through skill sharing and earning a living wage. We want to change the perception of recycled materials by developing innovative techniques and combining locally sourced and environmentally friendly materials. We are known for our contemporary approach to design and our continuous product development. We partner with the local magazine distributors and our founder is a designer from the UK.
We currently employ 15 artisans, with a retail shop in Swaziland and a collaborative retail space in Cape Town with other Swazi handcraft companies.
Social Impact: We offer full time employment with contracts and benefits. We have an artisan school fees fund which we raise money for, through the sales of One of a Kind products and we assist our artisans in saving. We aim to pay a living wage in order for our artisans to live independent lives where they are the decision makers. We offer employees training through in house skills training and external professional training related to their roles. We want to create a safe and conducive work atmosphere and have 2 trained Peer educators who offer health counselling.
Contact Name: Doron Shaltiel
Address: Top Building, 971 Bakhi Street, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Export Experience: Intermediate
Production Capacity: We currently produce approx 2000+ pieces of jewellery and 800 homeware products a month
Skills: Various paper making techniques, from paper wood (which is carved, sanded and varnished) paper pulp (which is similar to clay) and rolled paper beads. We also have a small metal workspace with brass metal techniques and make our own fastenings. Plus, screenprinting and sewing where we make our own hemp tote bags.
Price Point: Jewellery: $4 - $20 | Homeware: $5 - $40 | Prices are FOB
Lead Time: 4 - 6 Weeks
# of Producers/Artisans: 15 Female Artisans
Materials: 100% waste magazines and newspapers, which we combine with brass off cuts and locally sourced jacaranda wood and recycled crushed glass. 100% hemp canvas from South Africa and locally sourced african fabrics.
Terms & Conditions: Once we have recieved your pro-forma we will process your order and add shipping costs and VAT where applicable, customers have the option of consolidating orders from South Africa, using door to door courier or local post from Swaziland and are responsible for paying for all shipping costs. We require full payment before dispatch. Products are generally made to order and lead time is 4-6 weeks. We can custom make products in various colours please specify requests when ordering.
.Other Accreditations: Founding Member of SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade)