Connecting local craft with social responsibility
Livable partnered with social environmentalist Hon. Nida Cabrera to innovate the waste management in Cebu City. Old fans are purchased in junkshops and are combined with traditional weavings by local craftsmen.
Cebu city, Philippines, has a large waste problem
Every day, tons of unsorted waste ends up in landfills. The city wants to get rid of the landfills but currently has no alternatives. Some districts try to reduce waste by focusing on composting waste. Others make products from waste. Councilor Hon. Nida Cabrera challenged Product Designer Sep Verboom to innovate the recycle programs in Barangay Luz by creating a new recycled product out of local waste materials.
Made by local craftsmen
FAN products are made out of reclaimed electric fan “guards”. They are personally selected, and bought directly from the local scrap merchants, stimulating the local economy.
Natural rattan weavings
Cebu is known for its outstanding wicker industry. Wicker products have evolved from the indigenous people’s use of flexible plants like rattan. Nowadays these skills and materials are still practiced and know around the world.
Involvement of local talent
Implementing creativity trainings to maximize the involvement of the local community. Working side by side the people, leads to ownership. Improved and approved by the residents. Afterwards, locals are inspired by the possibilities. Making FAN a sustainable long lasting project.
Every product is made by hand, each with its own great story. The rattan materials provide a natural touch and connect the products with a rich culture of weaving industries. The FAN project will not solve all the problems in the world, but it shows that we need to cooperate, inspire and be creative. All together.