Abareness was the first designer onboarding our universe 5 years ago, and we are celebrating it with this ABARENESS X JF CURATED collaboration, based on the form of our symbol, the Hexagon.
Abareness have been working with the same metal workshop in Nepal for 5 years now, and by doing so, established trust and made changes over time.
how it's made
1 % from each product goes to Nepal
A/BARENESS collaborates with a local Nepali company called “SmartPaani” in order to better the conditions at the Maya Universe Academy, the first and only free private school in Nepal. They’ve got 5 local teachers and about 10 volunteer. In addition there is about 8 of the children’s parents contributing at the school every day. The company also contribute with educational presentations & workshops for the pupils and their families, teachers and volunteers at MUA to grow knowledge and spread awareness about the importance of sustainable water systems for a sustainable future.
Water projects in 2018
After the earthquake hit Nepal, there has been a lot to rebuild. A/BARENESS quickly started campaigns to collect money for new water systems, to give clean water to children at schools in Kathmandu. So far they have managed to get new systems at 7 schools, and each time you support them, they get closer to one more. The water systems save the school a lot of time, energy and money, which then can be used for teaching instead. Now some of the schools even supply the neightborhood with clean water.
A/BARENESS believes that by supporting Maya Universe Academy, the school management can focus on what is more important- providing quality education for the kids, giving the new generation in Nepal a great fundament of skills and knowledge.
Use of traditional Nepali handicraft
One of the A/BARENESS missions is to work mainly with Nepal and to implement different techniques of traditional Nepali handicraft in both Textile and Non-textile products, such as their handspun yarn designs, the metal craft of their jewelry line, their various handmade lokta paper tags & business cards and their hand carved display items made of bone and horn from domesticated water buffaloes.
Know their factory workers and care for them in an extensive way
A/BARENESS are continuously working closely with the managements to achieve their goals when it comes to improving the production sites & ethical welfare of the employees, making sure they get paid living wage, get their time off and are heard in the company. ln the future they aim to continue and implement this work throughout their supply chain, one step at the time. A/BARENESS is as much present as possible in Nepal, at their 1st suppliers production facilities, where they can come and go as they please.
In addition to the water cleaning project at schools, both factories have containers to harvest rainwater. This project is ment to grow during 2017 to increase the amount of harvesting by investing in more containers.
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