Meet the Artisans of ImagineArte

  • ImagineArte

    The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its education efforts, BIO helped designed bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico - poverty.

     


  • About ImagineArte

    Source: http://bio-imaginarte.com/?page_id=49

    The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment.

    The materials we use ensure that earth and all its species may count on a suitable environment and a sufficient space to live. It is imperative to live a life of quality. As long as we maintain the natural resources we were provided with, we can better maintain our world.

    The products from our Bio workshops incorporate secondary materials. This means re-used products/recycled materials, which have proven to hold great purpose. When we recycle, we enhance the quality of life. By using these materials, we avoid having the aforementioned materials ending up wasted. Including the techniques and traditions of handcrafting to preserve and increase the artisanal culture, Bio-Imaginarte works for a cause: the world and all its inhabitants. Through the years, many handmade goods have been substituted by mass assembly line production with the use of machines. We, Bio-Imaginarte, make an effort to combat the main cause of environmental deterioration in the world, in addition to poverty. This promotes that people, instead of machines, have an income-based work while giving our world its proper care.

    Our staff consists of a wonderful group of people living in Ranchos off the countryside. They come from different states of Mexico and are a huge part of the environmental movement: assisting us by producing our environmentally friendly designs.

    Our effort is to ensure that all our products may be both eco-friendly and one of a kind. By doing this, our strive is to pay more attention to the earth and its materials and our role in it. This contributes to viable solutions for many of the challenges that we are presently facing, such as: preserving resources and species, pollution and employment. It also facilitates better health and quality of life, rather than the deterioration of the environment. Bio-Imaginarte uses only the recycled materials we collect: such as pop tops from soda cans, inner tube from used tires, discarded plastic from billboards, candy wrappers and soda cans. Through our work, we express not only our intent of preservation but the love of the earth and our culture.

     


  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance, and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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