People with disabilities are manufacturing locally products created to empower the fisherwomen that tackle plastic pollution.
A Sustainability Hub named “Aula Sostible do Freixo” where local entities working with people at risk of social exclusion have the opportunity to take their place to tackle plastic pollution. We have developed this project with three associations of people with disabilities and a fisherwomen association.
Our role as Fair Enough was to find how all these entities would get connected by this project and join forces to create a positive impact locally through design.
We made this happen by creating a project that consciously chooses how the products are manufactured because it defines their impact on the environment. In our case, they are the glue of this collaborative project.
Our first collection of three products is made with the intention that they can serve the fisherwoman during their work and show the potential of the project. They are creating awareness among their colleagues by highlighting the virtues of recycled plastic.
The manufacturing process is designed in a way that all the associations can join certain parts. The associations are the manufacturers of the pieces, so each product had to be designed and adapted to their reality and production capacity.
The products are eye-catchers and statements by themselves to increase the value of the whole project, using the design as a common thread to reach their goals.
The project combines traditional techniques, from weaving fishnets to creating seafood traps, with small-scale plastic recycling to develop new products.