25 Sawdust Paper, a smart opportunity
The Vicente Ferrer Foundation is a non-governmental organization for development founded by Vicente Ferrer in 1969 in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, with the aim of finding long-term solutions to the serious problems faced by the rural community, working in all areas of development with a particular emphasis on women, children and people with disabilities. In order to achieve this, they have some programs that help people to have a better-quality life. One of these programs is the production of crafts and products made by disabled women that are sold in the Spanish market, online and in stores. One of the different materials that are used is paper waste, which is recycled to make notebooks, bookmarks, envelopes, papier maché, etc.
The use of this recycled material is a very good option to create new and good quality products; it is a highly malleable material which offers different options for its use. But, what if this material could be improved to increase its properties and make it more versatile?
With this in mind and after researching and testing various materials, I decided to use the pulp mix with sawdust and pva glue, which results in a composite material stronger and more resistance than papier mache. It is very malleable and can be adapted to any shape which means that this composite is a good option for the design and creation of products.
The properties of this sawdust paper are very well adapted to the context of the workshops that the foundation manages, the great advantage is that the materials necessary for its creation are easy to access, economical and something that they already have, therefore it does not depend of external factors, allowing the artisans to make a complete product from its origin to its final finish. This means the possibility of opening a new workshop in the foundation that will create new jobs for women artisans in India, which helps them to have a decent salary and greater self-confidence. Another opportunity is to create a new line of products that will help to have more sales and generate more income for the foundation.