Salay Handmade Paper: Making Use of Weeds

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Send your holiday thank you’s promptly with these lovely sustainable cards. Artisans from Salay Handmade Paper in the Philippines help out local farmers by collecting cogon grass that grows among the crops in their fields and craft cards, albums, picture frames and more from these wild plants.

Before this non-governmental organization was formed, the inhabitants of Mindanao had endured dire financial difficulties throughout years of political unrest. In response to this crisis, entrepreneur Loreta Rafisura founded the People’s Economic Council, consisting of only ten supporters at the time, to provide these disadvantaged people with steady employment. After discovering the surplus of cogon grass, PEC experimented with methods to make use of this pesky weed, and the rest is history.