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Lumago Designs is a social enterprise, committed to triple bottom-line sustainability: People, Planet, and Profit.  Located in Dumaguete City in the central Philippines, we enable skilled craftswomen to earn a fair wage while providing our customers an environmentally-responsible product that is beautiful and handcrafted, without compromising our principles.  Every piece we produce, like every woman we work with, is a unique work of art and we take pride in the beauty of their differences.  

Cyrus Bracelet

Woven recycled pull tabs with upcycled leather jackets and paper bead clasp

Mark Bracelet

a strip of upcycled leather entwined with paper beads finished with a paper bead clasp

Sandy Bracelet

discarded and treated bamboo wrapped in upcycled clothes

Charmaine

5 strands of paper beads connected by a leather strap

Eco Friendly Materials

Being eco friendly is not a trend for the Lumago community. Recycling  is the community's livelihood and reducing and re-using is a way of life. Truckloads of trash are brought in everyday and people sift through it to find recyclable materials that can be turned into profit. Whatever they find they are allowed to keep and sell on. For many members of this community this is their main source of income that provides them with an average monthly income of Php 2,000 ($48.00).  A lot of the materials we use in our products we buy from these people. This is another way that we are able to give back to the community. 

Lumago's signature element is the rolled recycled paper bead. Most of our pieces incorporate this. The other materials we use are pull tabs/ring pulls from cans which are made from pure aluminium. We use upcycled leather from bags and jackets we find in second hand stores all over Dumaguete. Upcylced clothes like scarves/t-shirts/leggings and cloth from bed sheets or sarongs. We also use discarded bamboo we find around the community and plastic cut from plastic bottles.

 

Recycled Paper

Our signature element is the rolled paper bead.  All the paper we use is recycled and no dies or paints are used in the process. We purchase magazines/business fliers/school books from scavengers or receive donations.

Our signature element is the rolled paper bead.  All the paper we use is recycled and no dies or paints are used in the process. We purchase magazines/business fliers/school books from scavengers or receive donations.

Pull Tabs/Pull Rings

All our pull-tabs are purchased from collectors at the local dumpsite or donated. They are all washed, bleached and polished to ensure you get the best looking up cycled pull-tabs in town.

All our pull-tabs are purchased from collectors at the local dumpsite or donated. They are all washed, bleached and polished to ensure you get the best looking up cycled pull-tabs in town.

Recycled Cloth

Lumago uses discarded cloth and clothes disinfected and scrubbed before use in our products and it is usually purchased through second hand stores or donated. 

Lumago uses discarded cloth and clothes disinfected and scrubbed before use in our products and it is usually purchased through second hand stores or donated. 

Upcycled Leather

Lumago reuses old leather from bags and jackets, it has to be real otherwise it just crumbles when cut! We purchase the leather from second hand stores across the city or sometimes we are lucky enough to receive donations.  

Lumago reuses old leather from bags and jackets, it has to be real otherwise it just crumbles when cut! We purchase the leather from second hand stores across the city or sometimes we are lucky enough to receive donations.