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Tropical Glow Recycled Paper Coasters

Tropical Glow Recycled Paper Coasters

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-192890

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

With no use of molds, the text patterns come from recycled paper. Thus each creation is absolutely unique. Members of the Working and Learning Together group create a set of six colorful coasters. 

  • Set of 6
  • Recycled paper & cotton thread
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Avoid contact with water
  • Handmade and fairly traded from Guatemala 

Due to the handmade nature of this product color, size and/or motif may vary. Three coats of varnish protect the paper, but the coasters should not be exposed to or immersed in water. 

Artisan Information

Working and Learning Together

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Thank you very much for your interest in our story. We are a group of men and women who create art with recycled materials. Several years ago, volunteers from a movement called Fourth World came to see what our living situation was like. We live near the city's garbage dump, and the volunteers were concerned that families living here could have the possibility of finding a job outside the dump, and an opportunity to better our lives.

Then, a lady from the French Embassy came and visited our families. That was when the idea of an art project using recycled materials was born. Volunteers trained us and taught us how to recycle paper from newspapers and magazines. We learned different techniques and, together, we've been developing new designs. Today we help out each other and we teach new members of the group. At first, it was very difficult to mold the paper and give it a nice shape. Some of us never went to school and our fine motor skills aren't all that good sometimes, but we kept trying and practicing. Today, we now can do our work very well!

"We recycle newspapers and magazines. We don't buy them – we go and collect them from companies or people donate them. The only things we buy are the other materials like glue and varnish. We find inspiration in the things we see every day, but we think of how we can create our designs with recycled materials. If someone brings an idea in the workshop, we all give our opinions to create a design that is functional.

"We get together to work two afternoons a week, as we all have families and other jobs. We still don't earn enough with this work – it's like a complement and also a creative therapy. In the group, we make friends and, among all of us, we develop support and dialogue. These are two afternoons a week are refreshing. Besides learning and developing our creativity, we also earn some extra money to take home. We dream that there will be enough people buying our products so that we can bring more people into the group and make our workshop grow.

In the workshop, the ambience is excellent! Serious work doesn't prevent humor and camaraderie. A project like this isn't immediately successful, and it's important that we feel trust among us. We are a good team. We've organized to clean up the workshop when we finish working. Every now and then, we go out and celebrate birthdays… we are important for one another.

"We'd like to thank Novica shoppers, as we receive a lot of encouragement from people interested in our project, people who buy our designs and show them to friends and family. Thanks to this support, we can continue growing and developing."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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