On Earth Day we celebrate our planet and take time to think about the impact our actions have on the place where we live. Many of us in North America do not feel the environmental impact of the choices we make and actions we take: our water is clean, our waste gets whisked away from our houses every week, and food is plentiful in our grocery stores. Millions of people around the world, however, lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, live in overcrowded and polluted urban centres, and experience food insecurity. These people know how severe the consequences of not taking care of our environment can be: destabilized economies, political instability, escalating public health issues and costs, lost productivity, damage to ecosystems, and a legacy of problems passed down to future generations. These are the people we work with.
All of our artisan partners are small producers, working with natural materials, and are careful to minimize their impact on the environment, but on Earth Day we want to highlight one of our partners that is going above and beyond to create innovative products and a sustainable business.
Quazi Design believes in using design for sustainable change and social impact, creating responsible and thoughtful products by transforming discarded waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Based in Swaziland, all their products are handmade by local women, empowering them through skill-sharing and a living wage. Quazi Design believes that craftsmanship and ethical production could prove to be a vital economic sector for Africa and they want to change the perception of recycled materials by developing innovative techniques combined with locally sourced environmentally-friendly or recycled materials.
Celebrate this Earth Day by thinking about your consumption patterns, supporting small producers, and remember that your purchases have impact!