Created in 2008 by Delphine Kohler and Khadija Bakkass, ‘Les Filles du Facteur’ is an ecologically motivated organisation trying to help women. It’s mission is to train women in difficult situations (illiterate, disabled, or in precarious situations), in the recycling of plastic bags through crocheting.
The association has created a workshop for women in Burkina Faso which makes objects and fashion accessories from recycled plastic bags. The objects, under the brand name ‘Facteur Céleste’, are entirely made from thin strips of crocheted plastic. These old plastic bags become useful and durable objects, such as laptop/ mobile phone covers, baskets, bags, and mats. The black plastic comes from bags recycled in Africa, whilst the coloured plastic comes from the network of blue recycling bins found throughout France.
This activity, which is open to all and which requires little start-up equipment, allows women to have a remunerative and rewardingly creative job, whilst providing them with financial independence.
Participating countries: Burkina-Faso and France.
A studio in Burkina-Faso of 35 women
12,000 plastic bags collected in France
30,000 objects made
The little extra information: For the collection of the necessary raw materials, blue collection bins are available in various locations. For more information go to: http://www.facteurshop.com/fr/content/15-recyclez-vos-sacs-plastique
Questions for Delphine Kohler
Define your brand for us:
To give a second life to waste materials whilst helping women to more autonomy by making beautiful hand-made objects.
What does your brand do for the women of Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso)?
Our brand allows the development of the local economy based on recycling. The local women receive training, a fair income and gain confidence in themselves. They also particularly like the fact of having a studio, their second home, where they come to work together.
Which achievement makes you the most proud?
For the latest collection, the women, who have hitherto been the craftspeople, also became the designers. They designed and made these baskets themselves, using their expertise and imaginations. It’s amazing for them to see the products of their work sold worldwide.