ROPE hope

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.




Papilio is a B2B company that specializes in bringing affordable and stylish handmade rugs, grouped in market adapted lifestyle collections, each of which contains several price points, making the collections accessible to a variety of consumers and exemplifying Papilio’s philosophy that “design doesn’t have to be expensive.”

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

“Every existing material, object or craft has the potential to become a live changer, whatever the scale. As long as we consider the social aspects and environmental consequences of our choices.“

Atelier, Studio, Bureau,...

‘Boom in’ flemish for doing it differently without restrictions.
Since 2015 “Boomin Sep” is officially based in Ghent.

Specialised in a communal design approach, Sep Verboom (1990) has worked with communities and craftsmen around the world. Bringing things back to its roots, where thinking and collaborating evolves in a better way of living.

Spreading his stories by giving lectures and exhibitions. Sao Paulo, London, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, Kortrijk or Brussels, Sep is feeling lucky to experience other cultures, meet people and open his eyes, resulting in a no nonsense approach.

In 2012 Sep Verboom graduated Industrial Product Design at HOWEST (Kortrijk) with a postgraduate in sustainable development. For his final thesis project Sep Verboom went for 6 months to the Philippines, the beginning of an awarded organisation that focuses on social inspired projects, ‘Livable’.