Lumago Designs is a social enterprise, committed to triple bottom-line sustainability. Located in Dumaguete City in the central Philippines, we enable skilled craftswomen to earn a fair wage while providing our customers a socially and 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.
Eco Friendly Materials
Lumago Designs' signature element is the rolled paper bead, made from recycled paper. We also use: pull tabs/ring pulls from cans which are made from pure aluminium; upcycled leather from secondhand bags and jackets sourced locally; upcycled clothing including scarves/t-shirts/leggings and cloth from bed sheets or sarongs; bamboo scraps; and plastic cut from discarded plastic bottles. Everything is cleaned and sanitized before we upcycle it to ensure it is safe for our crafters and our customers.
Being eco friendly is not a trend for the Candau-ay community where the Lumago ladies live and work. Recycling is the community's main livelihood and reducing and re-using is a way of life. Several tonnes of trash are brought in everyday and residents intercept it before it reaches the dumpsite to find recyclable materials that can be reused or reimagined. Whatever they find, they keep if they can reuse or sell as materials if they can't. For many members of this community, this is their main source of income. By buying the materials we use from these scavengers, we are finding other ways to give back to the community since we can't employ them all.
In everything we do, we are always aiming to make our products and processes more sustainable. We evaluate every material that goes into our products and are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, help eliminate waste, and lessen the environmental impact that accompanies consumption locally and around the world.