ROPE hope

ROPE hope is spreading the intriguing story of reclaimed rope weavers around poor shipping areas in Lapu Lapu, Philippines.


Results of this project!

Rope community


Project partners

Co-Creative Studio / Papilio


Sep Verboom

ROPE hope

Old ship ropes are reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities. ROPE hope promotes the reclaimed rope materials by making a new range of livable products.

Overpopulation in and around the harbor

More than a quarter of the Filipino population lives in poverty. Cebu City is home to the largest port in the Philippines for many this is an attractive source of income. Unfortunately, overpopulation in and around the harbor creates the ideal environment for pollution, poverty and crime.

40 years in the recycling business

The story began when Mrs. Diosdada, a lovely and passionate entrepreneur, decided to make a livelihood out of recycling ropes from nearby shipping areas. After 40 years in the recycling business, Mrs. Diosdada now has children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a community that is benefiting from all her efforts.

A livelihood out of recycling ropes

 Old ship ropes are reused to create new weavings. Those materials are commonly sold to fishermen and farmers, the ropes are meshed into fishnets or used for assorted household farming equipment.

Search for new techniques and possibilities.

ROPE hope aims to support communities who decided to make a livelihood out of recycling ropes. ROPE hope promotes the reclaimed rope materials by placing those in a new context. Working close with the communities gives the opportunity to search for new techniques and possibilities.



Co-Creative Studio

Co-Creative Studio has been a long time coming for us.  After almost 10 years in the Furniture and Home Accessory Design & Export business, we decided to develop our own brand that is inspired by our beliefs and roles as Filipino designers in the global market.

Co-Creative Studio was conceptualized with much thought on the kind of difference we wanted to make in the industry as well as market demands from our clients. Being in-house designers in our respective companies, we were able to realize what was important to us and what we wanted out of the business we were in.

Because of this, Co-Creative Studio was transpired by 6 company ideals:




Papilio has a reputation for being an innovator in the rug business and has won several international design awards for its recycled rugs, including the Red Dot Design Award and Henry Van de Velde Design Label.

Our dedicated design team located in Belgium creates rug collections and concepts, supported by textile technicians who are masters in the art of rug making. These innovative products are then produced in countries around the globe.


Sep Verboom

Sep Verboom (1990) is a child of his generation: idealistic, but well-founded, not only locally, but
also globally, cooperating with traditional communities, industries, local governments and NGOs.
Transparency, in the broadest sense of the word, is the common thread in his approach, work and
attitude as a sustainable artist.

With his Livable® platform, he encourages and challenges post-industrial designers to embrace
culture and contemporary challenges, to devise a future-proof approach and to work together.
The projects combine local crafts, social engagement, design and global awareness.
Creating alternative solutions for our consumer society, in which industries and people have their
own responsibility, a conscious choice.

In 2018 Sep Verboom won the Belgian Henry Van De Velde Award for young talent.