From Our Blog
Author: Juliet Hall, Environmental Impact Intern at Global Gifts Short North
Mario Alabi from Alabi Recycling is taking the Reuse in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to a new level with his business model. A Fair Trade artisan from El Salvador, Mario drives around his country and collects inner-tubes from the streets. He then repurposes them into unique products such as: belts, wallets and handbags.
The removal of these inner tubes results in an array of environmental and health benefits. The organization Central America Data estimates that there are 9 million tires thrown away each year in Latin America. This is an issue for many different reasons. First of all, inner tubes are not decomposable and are a large source of pollution in Central America. Mario’s collection of inner tubes, therefore, aids in the conservation of the environment in El Salvador!
Inner tubes and tires are also a great breeding ground for mosquitoes. A huge issue in Latin America is the transmission of mosquito borne diseases such as: Dengue Virus, Malaria, Zika and many others. According to the Pan American Health Organization, roughly between November of 2015 and May of 2016, 10,476 cases of Zika were reported and confirmed. Inner tubes are great breeding grounds for mosquitoes because they keep stagnant water damp. With the removal of these inner tubes, Alabi Recycling is doing their part to aid in the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases by removing the popular breeding grounds.
An additional benefit is that Mario doesn’t use any toxic chemicals in his production process which keeps harsh chemicals out of the waterways of El Salvador.
Overall, Alabi Recyling products are incredibly unique and are also great for the environment! They can make anything from recycled handbags to belts to wallets. Come in to Global Gifts today to see these unique products from El Salvador!
- Ron Ober from RevyDirect
- Tire Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wigg1es/
Author: Noah Wotring, Global Gifts Community Engagement Intern
Global Gifts in Columbus, Ohio is currently hosting a Fair Trade Rug Event featuring 300 rugs in a variety of styles and sizes that have been hand-knotted and woven by Pakistani artisans. Just for fun, we've created this short quiz which you can take to find out which style of rug you most identify with (in this life and beyond)!
While taking the quiz, make sure to keep track of your letter responses. At the end, tally how many of each letter you chose and then check the Spirit Rug Guide below to see which rug truly represents your soul.
1. I like to spend my weekends...
A. Home with a nice book (and a bottle of wine!)
B. At the clubs, at the bars, or anywhere there are people.
C. On my couch with a couple of feline friends.
D. Taking online quizzes in search of your true self.
2. For dinner, I would prefer...
A. Delicious beet salad (or anything with veggies!)
B. Deep fried cage-free chicken. Mmm
C. Dinner? I’m going straight to dessert!
D. Whatever I ordered from my online delivery service, as long as it’s here fast.
3. My favorite cookie is...
A. Snickerdoodle, baby!
B. Chocolate chip, everyone loves chocolate chip!
C. Sugar cookie or bust!
D. Oatmeal raisin.
4. I would describe myself as
A. Classy. I enjoy the finer things in life.
B. Outgoing. I’m the life of the party
C. Calm and Collected.
D. A loner. But I don’t mind, I like to follow my own path.
Spirit Rug Guide
A) Khan Mamdi : Like a Khan Mamdi rug, you find yourself in a world steeped with tradition and class. Your friends are clearly jealous of your impeccable sense of detail and design. You like to think deeply about something before getting it done and everything you do is filled with a thoughtful purpose.
The KHAN MAMDI rug might be for you.
- B) Kazak: Someone who likes to hang out in a crowd, you like to have a good time wherever fun can be found. Whether a bingo game at the local nursing home or a crazy night at a dance club in Miami, you long for fun times and companionship.
The communally-crafted KAZAK Rug may be for you.
C) Beljik: You cry a lot. At the movies, in the shower, when you stub your toe, or even the time you watched that boy scout escort an elderly woman across a busy street. You can’t help but express your emotions.
For someone who FEELS as much as you do, raw emotion can be hard to contain. The BELJIK rug, crafted from extra thick wool to soak up your tears of happiness, may be just what you’re looking for… (you’re crying now, aren’t you?)
D) Shairwan: You understand that true fun and happiness come from self-understanding and awareness. Anyway, who has time to go to the movies when you have all these online quizzes to take?
The SHAIRWAN rug, with its precise coloring techniques, may catch your eye enough to pull it off of your laptop.