Our Work with families in Curití, Santander
We proudly support more than 25 families of farmers in Curití, Colombia, where we source our main fibers. These families are taught to grow, cut, comb, dry, dye and process the fibers until made into the threads we use at our workshop.
Our Work with Artisans at the VERDI Workshop
VERDI is comprised of almost 30 weavers whose expertise is the result of generations of practice, patience and consistency. We employ highly qualified individuals in an ideal work and positive environment.
Our sustainable fiber extraction
In order to preserve crops and harvest our fibers in a sustainable fashion, only the exterior leaves of the plant are extracted, thus allowing them to continue to grow.
Our Eco-friendly Dyes
One of 2020’s primary objectives is the initiation of our Eco-Friendly Dye Project, in which we are developing a series of VERDI-exclusive colors, all dyed through an environmentally friendly process that not only guarantees the dyer’s welfare and leaves no footprint, but also ensures color durability.
VERDI & ACT FOR AMAZONIA 2019
In 2019 the fires in the Amazonian region increased over an 80% the same time period last year (2018) due to deforestation, and around August the problem seemed out of control. An environmental initiative raised; Act for Amazonia, a group of environmentalists and artists who pretended to create a positive and immediate impact on the Amazonian environmental crisis.
VERDI joined forces with Act for Amazonia to help them raise sufficient funds to reforest the tropical forest after the fires. We donated the income of 20 olive-green Bucket Bags to indigenous communities in the Amazonia through Act for Amazonia and Gaia Amazonia foundation.
CHRISTMAS GIFT TO PLANET EARTH 2019-2020
“This Holiday Season, help us weave back to nature”
For Christmas in 2019 we gifted our VERDI friends and family a DYI Christmas bow to hang on their tree. For every post on Instagram VERDI compromised to plant a tree in 2020. We are now working on planting a total of 35 trees near Bogotá.
SMILING EYES 2020
“Smiling with your eyes can help saves lives”
The COVID-19 situation made us rethink all of our internal structure and 2020s goals. VERDI decided to activate a temporal home-office initiative for our administrative and commercial teams and allowed artisans to weave from home.
But protecting our workers is not enough, we feel the need to safeguard the health of our whole community since Colombia is facing a shortage of surgical masks. We have reinvented part of our operation to set up a production of SURGICAL MASKS to supply to those in need at no cost.
We called to action other workshops and now SMILING EYES is an initiative that counts with the help of Pink Filosofy and Touche.
NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS
Recently we’ve replaced our one-use plastic bags, used to store fique cones, for small reusable cloth bags.
HANDBAGS WASTE UPCYCLING
In the confection process of our handbags, we generate little fabric scraps which are now used to create thimbles for our weavers. They used to use masking tape to protect their fingers without losing mobility, generating lots of waste. Now with velvet and satin waste we’ve created a sustainable and practical solution for our weavers.
RUGS WASTE UPCYCLING
When a rug is weaved in our looms, we use some extra fiber to ensure the pattern is perfect, this extra fiber turns into waste when the rug is finished. We are now working on an up-cycling project to give a second life to this fiber and turn it into art pieces.
ACRYLIC PATTERN MOLD
In other to properly cut fabric for our handbags, weavers used cardboard pattern molds which were used 5-10 times before they got damaged. To reduce this constant carboard waste, we’ve created pattern molds in acrylic sheets.
NO MORE PLASTIC CUPS OR BOTTLES
We have incentivized our workers to stop using plastic cups and bottles and instead bring their own water bottle and coffee cup.