We use polypropylene plastic from broken tables and chairs and we are even reusing the plastic leftovers from the injection process; to our surprise, they are giving a very good result!
We had some challenges when producing the mould: the first one bended and broke down since it was not strong enough. Then, we realized that the circles were not well centered. But after James’, a metal artisan from Vijana Group, hard work and dedication, we got the perfect mould.
After injection, we separate the washers, sieve the edges and make the holes. The washers are ready to be taken to Iringa. There, they are attached to the bars of the lampshades and they are painted in white.
We are very proud of collaborating with Neema Crafts on this. They are a social enterprise based in Iringa which trains, empowers and employs more than 120 people with disabilities. They have a workshop and shop where they sell beautiful handicrafts, including many different lamps. A truly inspiring project! If you have the chance, visit their cute workshop and café in Iringa, full of beautiful handicrafts and people.