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Bio Imaginarte

BIO Imaginarte – Environmentally Sustainable Fair Trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its education efforts, BIO helped designed bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico - poverty.
Many Fair Trade craftspeople worldwide have artistic skills and choose to make products out of discarded material like paper, tires, tin cans, bottle tops, seat belts, etc. because the materials are readily available, less expensive, and gives the products a marketing story.

 

 

Caitie visited with BIO Imaginarte artisans on behalf of Global Crafts, who has been selling the fair trade pop top and tire bags that are handmade in Mexico since 2010.

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