Iván Palevic, creator of Swahili, a brand specialized in covers for sports boards such as skateboarding and surfing, builds backpacks with recyclable material and employs Melchor Romero's neighbors.
With great effort, Palevic built his own workshop, where he receives, washes and cuts advertising banners that he uses to replace traditional fabrics. According to him, he works with "products made with recycled posters, which are used for a certain time and then thrown away, and it is a plastic that takes more or less 500 years to disintegrate."
The creator of Swahili affirmed that the objective is to generate a product with double impact: environmental and social.
"The manufacture of the products is in charge of people with little access to work due to discrimination or incomplete studies, who live in the Los Coquitos neighborhood," added the entrepreneur who also assured that the neighbors who are part of the proposal are very happy.
On the other hand, the 28-year-old clarified that the choice of this material is not random, because in addition to being sustainable, it is resistant, waterproof and colorful.